Once again we have had to endure a summer of transfer speculation surrounding Spain international Fabregas, with Barcelona lodging a £27million bid which was rejected, and with Nasri yet to commit himself to the club, with his current deal set to expire in 12 months’ time, selling the Frenchman may be Wengers only option if no agreement comes to light before the end of the transfer window.
However, as he prepares the squad for a tour to the Far East, which Fabregas is set to miss with a troublesome hamstring, manager Wenger maintains both men are key to the future of the team. Speaking to the club’s official website, Wenger said: “Our position is always the same, we want to keep Cesc and I will fight as hard as I can to keep him.
“Samir Nasri is exactly the same. We will do everything we can to keep him.”
Wenger has also spoken out of his transfer dealings and has said that he is working “long nights” to bring the right players to Arsenal.
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Wenger confirmed that striker Gervinho is close to completing his move to the Gunners from Lille. And the 61-year-old is doing all he can to add “one or two” more players to the Arsenal ranks.
“We are working very hard on it,” he told Arsenal.com. “For me, the best thing is not to talk too much about it. The more you speak about things, the less chance you have to achieve them. The only thing that I can promise you is that we will work very hard and we have had some long nights to achieve what we want to achieve.
“I can understand [the impatience among the fans]. Believe me, I know all the clubs in the world and everybody needs the same players for the same positions. If there were an obvious choice, people would have already made their decisions. We are at the top level and therefore need exceptional quality to strengthen our side. I can understand that people say ‘you have money, just go out and buy’. But it’s not only that, we want to find the quality we need.
“I have said many times that we were very close to winning things last season, despite the disappointment we had at the end. I hope that provokes a response from my players. We were so close this time we want to come back and achieve it.
“My responsibility is first of all not to lose players and then to add and make us stronger.
“Let’s hope we can bring in one or two more additions of top quality.”
So the most likely candidates are the £17million-rated Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill and Valencia’s Under-21 Spain midfielder Juan Mata, whose buy-out clause would be around £20million. It seems that the trail has gone cold on Christopher Samba’s move from Blackburn as they are reluctant to sell, however he has voiced his opinion and is keen on a £12million move to the Emirates, but it seems that Cahill has gained poll position for a switch to North London this Summer.
Back to Juan Mata, he has apparently caught the eye of Arsene Wenger with his performances in La Liga and in the triumphant Under-21 side at the recent European Championships. Valencia, meanwhile, have insisted that the player is not for sale, but Mata’s father, Juan Senior, suggested negotiations between the two clubs have begun regarding a transfer fee.
“There have been calls from foreign clubs but now the decision rests with Valencia. [Juan] is on his holidays,” he said in the Mirror newspaper.
Arsenal are currently 4/1 to sign Juan Mata, whereas Liverpool are favourites at 11/10. Lets hope that Wenger does acquire Mata as he will be a welcomed addition to the squad, and we could do with some more spanish influence on the pitch too.