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Gunners vow to 'fight very hard' to keep Fabregas

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told Cesc Fabregas that he would have no guarantee of winning trophies should he leave the Gunners this summer.

Wenger said he would "fight" to keep Fabregas, who was the subject of serious interest from Barcelona last summer.

After another trophyless season, Wenger acknowledged that he would have to work hard to keep the Spaniard for next season, but he was confident of repelling suitors again.

"I expect him to be here," he said. "I will fight very hard to keep him. You have always to fight when you have a player of that quality."

When it was suggested that Fabregas might leave in pursuit of trophies, Wenger warned his captain that success was not guaranteed at any other club.

"What guarantees you that if you go somewhere else you will win trophies?" he asked. "The biggest pride for a captain is to be committed to his club and deliver trophies with his team.

"A player who changes his club every time he is frustrated or when he doesn't win a trophy, goes nowhere."

Arsenal have fallen away horribly in the last few months and while denying the year was a failure, Wenger admitted it was a "big frustration."

"We were very close in all the competitions," Wenger said.

"We cannot say we are happy, but, as well, we cannot say that it is a disaster.

"Overall, I think that's the closest we have been to winning the championship in recent years. For sure we need to add some maturity."

Irish Independent