Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that his soon-to-depart captain loves both Arsenal and Barcelona at the same time which proves his honesty.
Arsenal recently played a 2-2 draw against Argentinean side Boca Juniors on Saturday, when the home side conceded two late goals.
Dutchman Robin Van Persie gave the home side advantage in the 29th minute when he smartly converted a cross from newcomer Gervinho. Welshman Aaron Ramsey doubled the Gunners lead in the second half within a minute of the restart with a thundering strike from the edge of the box.
Boca retaliated with two goals in three minutes from Lucas Viatri and Pablo Mouche to put the team in level terms with the Gunners.
Arsenal’s French manager later said that he does not give much importance to it but is happy that the team could find a collective gameplay.
“You never want to concede goals, but overall I do not give too much importance to that. What is important for us it to find a collective rhythm,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “When we could we managed to play at a good pace for 60 minutes, after it was much more difficult.”
When asked about the latest development in the Fabregas issue, the manager said that the club is not looking for money but wants its players to stay.
“If Fabregas is committed to this Club and wants to stay, no money will get him out of here. We are not in a position where we need to sell our players. We want to keep our players,” Wenger said.
Wenger, earlier, had ruled out any off-hand comments about Fabregas leaving the club but was confident that Frenchman Samir Nasri will extend his contract at the London club and Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner may leave.
“The position at the moment [with Fabregas] is a ‘no comment’ situation because there is no movement at all,” Wenger told arsenal.com. “As long as the situation is not settled, we have to focus on the coming season with the players we have. The players who are uncertain, it is difficult for them to focus on being completely committed.”
About the arrival of Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, Wenger said that if both Nasri and Fabregas leave then there is a possibility that the club will sign the Spaniard from Valencia.
“Cesc loves deeply this club, he loves deeply loves Barcelona as well. That shows you that an honest player can love two clubs at the same time. He cares about this club and that's why I hope he can keep him,” Wenger said.
Arsenal’s draw against Boca Juniors has nicely set up the Sunday clash against New York Red Bulls which will see the return of Thierry Henry to the club, according to an Arsenal.com report.