Arsenal manager still hoping to keep Cesc Fabregas

For the third summer running, there is an ongoing saga taking place between Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal and Barcelona. The Spaniard has made no secret of wanting to eventually end up at the Nou Camp, although Arsene Wenger has so far successfully stopped the Catalan club from landing the midfielder and hopes to triumph again. Arsenal face Cologne in a friendly…

For the third summer running, there is an ongoing saga taking place between Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal and Barcelona. The Spaniard has made no secret of wanting to eventually end up at the Nou Camp, although Arsene Wenger has so far successfully stopped the Catalan club from landing the midfielder and hopes to triumph again.

Arsenal face Cologne in a friendly match on Saturday and Wenger is expectant that Fabregas will be fit enough to line up against the German side, with the Frenchman wanting the player’s transfer issue resolves as quickly as possible.

“We have to stop at some stage … I hope we can close that very quickly in our favour,” he said. “For us, it’s important that the team settles psychologically as quickly as possible because we have a tough start.”

“We will have to see how far he is with his injury … normally, yes,” he said. “He is not back in full training, he is back running on the pitch and the next step is to be back in full training. I will have to assess him on Monday. He is in our plans. The problem we face is speculation from everywhere but my target is the same – to keep players and my desire to fight for that is the same.”

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