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Cesc staying put as Arsenal stand firm

Arsenal have rejected Barcelona’s bid for skipper Cesc Fabregas, meaning that the Spaniard is unlikely to depart the Emirates Stadium this summer.

The Catalan giants confirmed earlier they had submitted a written offer to the Gunners for the Spain midfielder and that the clubs were in “formal” discussions over a possible deal.

But an Arsenal statement read:

“Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is under contract with the club until the summer of 2015. He is a highly valued member of the team and part of our future plans.

“We have followed recent speculation linking Cesc with a move away from the club but as there has never been any official approach for him, only two informal exchanges, in which we made it abundantly clear that we have no interest in transferring Cesc, we have refrained from publicly passing comment.

“However, on Tuesday evening we received an offer from Barcelona for Cesc and in response, we immediately and resolutely told them once again that we have no intention of selling our captain.

“To be clear, we will not make any kind of counterproposal or enter into any discussion. Barcelona have publicly stated that they will respect our position and we expect that they will keep their word.”

23-year-old Fabregas has not made an appearance since Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Barca in the Champions League on March 31 as he fractured his leg in a challenge with Carles Puyol, ruling him out of the return leg that Barca won 4-1.

Leave your opinions on Arsenal’s bold statement and Fabregas’ future in the comments section below.

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BillyGallas
BillyGallas
12 years ago

Take that barca u pack of stupid cunts….

REDgoon
REDgoon
12 years ago

YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

gunna=get=ya
12 years ago

does this mean fab wont be goin to barca or do arsenal want more money for fab.

mothman
mothman
12 years ago

till next summer

damstar
damstar
12 years ago

cesc has said it that barca is the only club he will join but he is not in a hurry to move. this means is up to arsenal to do wat suit them. so with this statement released by arsenal, they are not selling cesc to barca yet until his contract is over in 2015. and at that time cesc will be 29 and we all know thats the age arsene always sell his star players to their prefered club. Cesc is not moving yet..end of story barca.

abnet
abnet
12 years ago

thats how U replay to this bunch of mugs well done ARSENALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Pollhater
Pollhater
12 years ago

But if Fab wants to go then how can we stop him?

mike
mike
12 years ago

Graham Hunter said on Sky Sports News that Bacelona bid 35 million Euros for him, and that Arsenal have set a reserve price of 87 million Euros. But then he also said that Barcelona would increase the offer and possibly throw in Yaya Toure. But I hope he stays and i think he will for atleast 1 more season.

damstar
damstar
12 years ago

@ pollhater…he will go but he said he is in no hurry to move. that also means he wont hand in any transfer request either.

Erenvanpersie
12 years ago

just magnificent take that u spanish mugs ive got my team sorted out
apparently joe cole’s signing a 3 year
contract wiv us http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/football/828929-joe-cole-to-join-arsenal-on-free-transfer-after-signing-three-year-deal

if true then great we’d ave back up n a good goalie wud give us a trophy come on arsenallll

VanDaManPersie
VanDaManPersie
12 years ago

Glad Wenger has put his foot dwn.

arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
12 years ago

is this good at all?? isnt he unhappy not to join them?? Anyway it seems they are good moves on the way!!!

http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/football/828929-joe-cole-to-join-arsenal-on-free-transfer-after-signing-three-year-deal

Hope this is true!!!

abnet
abnet
12 years ago

the gloves are off now for every comment Barca make the ars.com should reply very swiftly

BIG RUSS 23
BIG RUSS 23
12 years ago

Finally Arsenal show a bit of back bone and make a strong statement….I just hope they stand their ground?!?

THE JOE COLE STORY SEEMS TO BE GATHERING PACE…ANY NEWS GOONER CHRIS?

tc
tc
12 years ago

mikel arteta is nothing compared to gourcuff…nasri is better than arteta.

oliver
oliver
12 years ago

@Pollhater: Surely you are not suggesting we roll over and accept a derisory offer, just because Cesc “wants to go”? When did he EVER say he wants to go RIGHT NOW? Barca and their mouthpieces will have you think that he did – he certainly wants to play for Barca, but he never said it has to be right now! How can it possibly be in Arsenal’s interests to just shrug and say ok, you can leave?? That sends the message that our club can be bullied into selling, that the club has no ambition, both of which are incorrect.… Read more »

GoonerDareMKD
GoonerDareMKD
12 years ago

Joe Cole join us with 3 year deal good news, and don’t forget that cesc never said that he wants to leave this summer for barca he stated that if one day leave arsenal it will be barca, and i think this saga with fab will make wenger to buy players and he start to buying chamakah now cole experienced player and now expect some quality CB and I hope for GK maybe Joe Hart !

Angry Fan
Angry Fan
12 years ago

This just means that, in 12 months fab will leave us for a knock down price of around 20 million. I would rather take 40-50 now and buy 2-3 players worth 20million and re-group and go forward…. Rather than take the MASSIVE gamble of us winning something next year!!!

jason
jason
12 years ago

arsenal doesnt need any money right now. its time to spend instead of selling. need a defender as gallas looks like a crock if he doesnt leave us.

FUCK YOU BARCELONA

JayGooner
JayGooner
12 years ago

Blimey what a week! The Mighty Arsenal have said checkmate to the Catalunyan tapper ups, Theo gets a summer off (at last) and Rambo signs a long term deal. Ooooooo to be a gooooner, gunna be a good summer. Any further approach from Barca will be totally illegal and Blatter/Platini will have to act. Cesc is a footballer of integrity, he will give everything to the Arsenal cause for the remainder of his stay at The Mighty Arsenal. Happy days

Mike E
Mike E
12 years ago

he will move back to barca one day(and we all go home one day!) but hopefully we have given ourselves a year’s breathing space and time for ramsay to get fit and wilshere to gain a bit of experience.

i suspect we have won the battle to keep him but not the war!

arsenal man
arsenal man
12 years ago

after all of this wont it be funny if he still leaves.
I cant help to think were being lulled into a false sense of sercurity (sigh)

JayGooner
JayGooner
12 years ago

And just as I settle down to a lovely long hot summer SkynotSportsnews ruin it by spreading a story that FatboyFat Usmanov is hoovering up shares in Arsenal. Jeeeze one step forward two steps back or what!

andre
andre
12 years ago

if fabregas stay means arsenal dont buy gourcuff ?

American Gooner
American Gooner
12 years ago

whether he ultimately moves to barca or not, that we rejected barca is a huge signal to other clubs (barca specifically) as well as the players/fans that we are not about to be bent over and that we mean what we say. if we can nab joe cole and a solid goalkeeper, as well as either sign gallas or a good CB, all of a sudden we have had a very nice off-season, assuming we keep cesc. first solid move by arsenal in quite awhile. nice work, boys.

shooy
shooy
12 years ago

@mike: Graham fucking Hunter hasn’t got a clue what Arsenal’s position is. Arsenal have played their cards so close on this one that anything these so called pundits say is pure sepeculation. He just trying to salvage his sorry arse for saying that Fabregas would go.

Milseán
Milseán
12 years ago

It is SO OBVIOUS that Barca do not want Cesc. A measly £30 million?!? It’s election year, people! It’s all politics.

simon
12 years ago

i hope we still sign yoann and joe and anyways ibet yu if fab went eventually he would get bored of winning trophie after trophie

Roy
Roy
12 years ago

Still hope we report them to UEFA though.

vp
vp
12 years ago

Wenger, that’s the way to do it! Show some balls! Meanwhile, anymore more noise from “Camp No” on the subject should be formally reported to FIFA.

pollhater
pollhater
12 years ago

Roll over, of course but only for a minimum of £55Million!

But I said IF he wants to go, no one knows conclusively if this is so or not, only Cesc and Wenger. Personally I don’t really care if he goes or stays I just want the right price for him.

The team is built around him and I don’t think that it should be built around one man. Back in the invincible days there were several key players, we need to get back to that.

fraster
fraster
12 years ago

I hope that Cesc will stay because he wants to stay at our club, and not cause he has a contract.
Undoubtely with Cesc our team is between big four, without him our team loss a key player in midfield, and could lose consistency.
I still hope a pair of experienced players for next season.

WillyG
WillyG
12 years ago

Folks,
He is GONE. Whoever Barca wants,Barca gets. Now, it’s just the matter of putting on a show to jack up the price. But Barca has the upper hands because Cesc has said he only wants to go to Camp Nou, which rules out Real money.
Similar situation happened during the Beckham transfer, when he said he only wants to go to Real, thus ruling out a bigger bid from Barcelona.

Wenger paid the price for surrounding Cesc with Diaby, Denilson and Almunia instead of Alonso, Barry and Givens.

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