Arsene Wenger has moved to calm immediate fears that midfielder Cesc Fabregas will be moving from Arsenal.
Endless rumours of the middle-man’s new year or summer exit have been spread like wildfire, but after conducting talks, the diplomatic and gab-gifted Frenchman has managed to secure Fabregas’ short term future as an Arsenal player.
“I convinced him to stay at this club. It is a natural case of a player who loves this club – and he loves Arsenal deeply, believe me.
“If he did not love it, he would have gone. You also have to remember that Barcelona has an attraction, because he grew up there, but I believe he wants to win with this club.
“For how long? You never know, but hopefully for many years. It is about our potential to win also, how well he can do. I am not pessimistic about him, and I am confident we will keep him for a few more years.”
On paper, Wenger has every reason to be relatively confident about the future but the patience of fans and players alike is short, and only time will tell if he was right to stick rather than twist.
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