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Wilshere hopes for Cesc loyalty

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is hopeful skipper Cesc Fabregas will forego a summer transfer to European champions Barcelona.

Wilshere, 19, made 35 appearances for the Gunners last campaign and says that if Fabregas and Samir Nasri are retained at the Emirates, elusive silverware may be achieved by the north London club next season.

"Loyalty is a big part of football and it shows if you are a real man or not," Wilshere was quoted as saying in The Sun.

"If you are loyal, it means you are a real man. We have loyalty at Arsenal and players have shown that in the past. Cesc showed that last year and hopefully a few more players will show it this year. Then we will see if we can get a trophy or not."

Wilshere has since written on his Twitter account to clarify the quotes.

He wrote: "Have not read any papers but just so we get it right i actually said 'cesc showed he is a real man by staying and being loyal last season and hopefully we can have a few more players like that'.....

"I also said he has been a great role model for me! So why would i tell him to 'man up'!? Get it correct please..."

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