Gunner boss Arsene Wenger has made Arsenal fans happy everywhere by stating that Cesc and Nasri are staying at the club.
Speaking right after his squad landed in Kuala Lumpur after jetting out on their Far East tour the Gunners boss:
Speaking from Kuala Lumpur where Arsenal are on tour, Wenger has:
• Confirmed Samir Nasri will stay at Arsenal next season despite strong interest from both Manchester United and Manchester City.
• Insisted he is still trying to convince Gunner’s captain Cesc Fabregas to turn his nose up at a move back to boyhood club Barcelona FC.
• Revealed new £11.5million Arsenal star Gervinho has started training at London Colney after completing his move from French outfit Lille.
• Stated that both Nicklas Bendtner and Manuel Almunia are on the verge of quitting the club.
Wenger insisted that Samir Nasri — who has still one year left on his contract — will stay with the gunners regardless of whether he extends his deal or not.
Wenger said: “Will he be at the club this season? I say yes. Will he sign a new contract? I hope so but I’m not the only one to decide that.
“There is always speculation when a player has only one contract year to go and has not signed a new contract that he might leave the club.
“But Samir Nasri is very happy at the club and is committed to staying at Arsenal.”
Speaking about the future of skipper Cesc Fabregas, Wenger added: “Yes, I am convinced Cesc will stay.
“It is as simple as that. I never speak about what’s happening behind closed doors. Cesc loves the club and hopefully we’ll manage.
“We know that this story for Barcelona goes on for years now and we have to close that and for ourselves to focus on the season hopefully with Cesc Fabregas.
“It’s given too many headlines to newspapers for too much time, I think it’s enough.”
With clubs like Fulham, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon interested in Nicklas Bendtner and Atletico Madrid and Malaga scrambling for Manuel Almunia, the Arsenal boss admitted their departures are just a matter of time.
Wenger added: “Both are possible exits, they are holding talks with other clubs at the moment.”
Talking about new Ivory Coast striker Gervinho, Wenger said: “He has joined training today at London Colney, he has come back from holiday and signed.
“He had a medical on Thursday but we sent him back home because he has a family with children. It was so he has time to sort things out for two days.
“He came back yesterday and starts his fitness programme in London today. He is officially an Arsenal player now.
“But I decided not to take him on the tour because he has had no training sessions.”