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Jul 11, 2011

Wenger confident over duo

Arsene Wenger has insisted in a press conference on Arsenal's pre-season tour to Kuala Lumpur that Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will both stay at the club this summer.

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A report in The Times claimed on Sunday that Nasri was on the cusp of a £22.2 million switch to Manchester City after Arsenal had authorised the transfer of the France international.

Fabregas was also widely reported to be heading out of Emirates Stadium, with former club Barcelona the Spaniard's destination. However, Wenger arrived in Kuala Lumpur with Nasri amongst his travelling party, and he declared that neither player would be leaving ahead the new season.

"I expect Samir Nasri to stay," Wenger said. "There is always speculation, but he is committed to the club right now.''

Pushed further, he added: ''Will he be at the club next season? I say yes. The second part (of the question) - will he sign a new contract? I hope yes, but I am not the only one to decide.''

Asked about Fabregas, he said: "Cesc loves the club and hopefully we will manage. We know that the story for Barcelona goes on for years now and we have to close that and continue with the season. I never speak on matters that happen behind closed doors. I have given the media enough headlines and I don't want to add any more."

Speaking about Arsenal's first tour to Asia in 12 years, the Frenchman admitted his players were tired from the journey across two continents, but pleased to be there.

He said: "We (Arsenal) know that we have a big fanbase in Asia, and we haven't been here since 1999. Physically we are jet-lagged, but overall this will be a new experience for the team. At this stage of the season, we'll look at getting as physically fit as quickly as possible. We will find the balance between not disturbing our physical preparations and our pre-season.''

The French boss also announced that the club had completed the signing of Lille forward Gervinho.

"Gervinho has just joined up for training today at London Colney,'' he added. "He signed last Thursday, and has just come back from his holidays."

The Ivory Coast international notched 15 goals and 10 assists to help the French side to their first league title in 57 years last term, and joins for a fee believed to be £10.6 million.


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