English and London football giant Arsenal’s boss Arsene Wenger has assured that high profile Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas is ready to start the new season but is still uncertain if the playmaker will stay with the English club.
The club, currently, is in Lisbon, Portugal for the Eusebio Cup game against Benfica on Saturday night. Key men, however, in the Arsenal contingent are missing.
“Walcott is back in training but he is not ready just yet,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Wilshere is injured on his ankle and it is very difficult to set a concrete deadline on his comeback.”
Wenger added that French midfielder Samir Nasri will be out with a muscular problem. Fabregas will just be coming back from injury and still not ready for the game, and Diaby as well as Koscienly will be out.
“Bendtner and Eboue are not in the squad because they might be going out of the Club,” said Wenger.
Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner previously drew attention from English Club Stoke City, Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon and Hamburg of Germany.
Arsenal’s Ivorian right back Emmanuel Eboue, meanwhile, has been targeted by Turkish club Galatasaray and reports said that the club is close to agreeing a fee for him.
“Koscielny and Nasri might be back for the start of the season,” Wenger said when asked about plans for next season. "I don't think Fabregas will be ready to start the season because he has been out for a long time and has had no games. Walcott might be back and, as for Wilshere, it is very difficult to say.”
The Frenchman, when asked about the current Fabregas situation and on his possibilities of leaving the club, refused to comment.
“I do not want to speak about the transfer of Fabregas because I have done that three years now in every press conference so I don't think there is any more need to add something,” said Wenger. “I love Fabregas and I want him to stay, which is basically it.”
Wenger added that everybody is free to think what they want and no one can stop people from raising questions, according to an Arsenal.com report.
Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas i Soler, who started his career as a trainee with Spanish and European champion Barcelona, was signed by Arsenal in September 2003 at the age of 16. Fabregas established himself following injuries to key midfielders in the 2004–05 season.
Fabregas has appeared in 212 games for Arsenal and has managed to find the back of the net 35 times, and is the youngest goal scorer in Arsenal's history in a later round of the League Cup, scoring in a 5–1 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers.