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Jul 31, 2011

Wenger wants commitment

Arsene Wenger has called for Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri to show their commitment to Arsenal, saying the club have just two weeks to "sort our problems out".

Arsene Wenger post-match

• Dall: Gunners suffer from friendly fire

Club captain Fabregas played no part in the Gunners' 2-2 Emirates Cup draw against Boca Juniors on Saturday, as a lack of fitness and concerns about his focus continue to prevent his selection.

Afterwards Wenger tacitly acknowledged that the midfielder is actively trying to engineer a move to Barcelona, but re-affirmed his determination that one of the club's talismanic figures is not sold.

"If Fabregas is committed to this club and wants to stay, no money will get him out of here," Wenger stated. "We are not in a position where we need to sell our players. We want to keep our players.

"We are not looking after money. We want the players to stay here, from our side that is clear."

Nasri has also been the subject of much speculation this summer, with both Manchester United and Manchester City's interest seeming to unsettle the France international. Wenger also hopes to keep the creative midfielder - and admits the club would be prepared to see him leave for free when his contract expires next summer if it means getting the best from him for another year.

"It's not ideal for us on the financial side [if Nasri goes for nothing next summer] but, on the sporting side, he is an important player," he said. "If you ask me if I want to keep him, I say yes. But he needs to be committed to that as well.

"We go into big games in two weeks, in the next two weeks we have to sort our problems out. There is no specific deadline of one day or 24 hours.

"It's not like you shoot a shuttle into space. Sometimes it's very quick on that front and sometimes it's very slow."

However, Wenger admitted that if both players do end up departing Emirates Stadium he will move quickly to bring in a replacement - possibly Valencia's Juan Mata.

"If I translate your question, you are asking that if the two go do we need to sign one, then of course," he said. "They are two exceptional players and that's why personally I want to keep the two."

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