Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has suggested that his captain Cesc Fabregas is losing his focus amid rumours of a move to Spanish giants Barcelona, The Independent reports.
Fabregas will not feature in the Emirates Cup this weekend and has not played a single pre-season fixture with the Gunners, citing a hamstring injury as the problem for his absence. The 24-year-old is under pressure to decide his future and many suspect that he is keen on a move back to Barcelona, a club where he grew up at before switching to England at 16. Wenger did not hide his frustration over the speculation and is desperate to get his captain’s focus on football with the Gunners.
Wenger said: ‘He will not be involved, because he is not settled. He is coming back from an injury and is not settled with us. You know all the speculation which is around his position, that has to be sorted out soon. There is only one deadline (to sell Fabregas), it is on 31st August. The other deadline is for us to get everybody focused – the players who are really committed to the club’.
When asked whether he was concerned about the Spanish international, Wenger said: ‘I’m not worried too much about that. I’m just worried that the player has to be completely focused and committed to our club. He is the captain of our club and we have to make sure he is really focused on being with us’.
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Sporting rubbish Bendtner link.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner will not be leaving the club to join Sporting Lisbon after the Portuguese club rubbished rumours of the transfer, Sky Sports reports.
Carlos Freitas, director of football at Sporting, revealed during a press conference, which was unveiling Atila Turan, that a move was not on the cards and they are as close to signing Bendtner as they are to signing Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain and Chelsea forward Didier Drogba.
Freitas said: ‘I have no justification for such news. Bendtner is a player who is as close to Sporting as Higuain or Drogba are. Those are players who are at the same distance from Sporting. The reports of a move for Bendtner are a fictitious production’.
The Danish striker is said to be keen on a move away from the Emirates after falling down the pecking order under Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. Bendtner has appeared over 150 times for Arsenal since joining in 2005.
Hill-Wood: We’re trying to buy.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has confirmed the club are working on deals to bring in a few new players at the Emirates Stadium, Metro reports.
The Gunners chief revealed that the club were knocked back in their approach for Phil Jagielka, but they are still working to try and bring the Everton defender to the club. The other rumoured signings are said to be Valencia playmaker Juan Mata and Blackburn defender Chris Samba, but Hill-Wood did not disclose any names that the Gunners were interested in.
Hill-Wood said: ‘We are trying to buy a few players, but it isn’t going to happen overnight. We have made a bid for him (Jagielka) but they didn’t think it was enough. It is very busy, but nothing is actually happening.’
The Arsenal chairman also commented on the Cesc Fabregas situation and has slated the approach of Barcelona, saying that the ball is in their court and it is getting to the stage where any discussions about signing the 24 year old could be dismissed.
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