Tuesday 23 January 2018

'Unsettled' Fabregas to play no part in Emirates Cup for Arsenal

Sam Wallace

arsene wenger increased the pressure on Cesc Fabregas yesterday when he suggested the Arsenal captain had lost his focus amid Barcelona's pursuit of him this summer.

Fabregas will not feature in either of Arsenal's games in the Emirates Cup this weekend against Boca Juniors today and New York Red Bulls tomorrow and Wenger did not hide his frustration at the Emirates yesterday. The 24-year-old has not played a single pre-season match in either Asia or Germany and has trained apart from the squad, citing a hamstring injury.

"He (Fabregas) will not be involved because he is not settled," Wenger said. "You know all the speculation which is around his position, that has to be sorted soon.

"There is only one deadline (to sell Fabregas), it is on 31 August. The other deadline is for us to get everybody focused -- the players who are really committed to the club, my energy and my focus goes on them. I cannot help the other situation, because it does not only depend on me, it depends on the players and on the other clubs."


Asked if he was concerned about Fabregas, 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.

"And at the moment he's coming back from an injury and we have to sort out that situation. He is the captain of our club and we have to make sure he is really focused on being with us."

With Barcelona dragging their heels over a £35m third offer of the summer, Fabregas remains in limbo. Wenger said again yesterday that he would not entertain selling the player for less than the club's valuation, understood to be £40m.

"(Selling for less) would mean that anybody who just wants to leave we will have to let him go, and for any price," said Wenger. "We have a responsibility towards our club and I have that responsibility to sell the players at a decent price."

Meanwhile, Abou Diaby has been ruled out for 10 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery. (© Independent News Service)

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