Arsene Wenger issues hands off warning to clubs after his stars

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has issued a hands off warning to any clubs looking to sign his stars in the summer.

Following his team’s victory over Barcelona, Wenger is being forced to deal with more and more speculation surrounding the future of his stars.

Wenger insisted that the club were settled, and that he doesn’t need to accept any bids for his player, however large they are.

Talking about Fabregas, who was the subject of so much transfer speculation last summer, Wenger said, “We need Fabregas. Believe me. He is a special player. He is exceptional and we want to keep them all.

“We go for all the competitions because we have the players to cope. We have the quality and the numbers.

“We are in a position where we can say no for financial reasons. We don’t need finances.

“People reproach me, saying ‘Why do you not spend stupid money?’. Now they reproach me and say, ‘Why do you not sell the player’. That makes me think we have not worked too bad.”

Wednesday night’s game also saw the return to form of Andrei Arshavin, and Wenger was pleased with his substitute cameo.

“It has been a difficult period for him because I felt he did not play at his level.

“In the last two weeks he is coming back to a good level but I like Andrey as a man. He doesn’t hide his feelings. He is a positive person. He is very self-critical.

“You highlight his attitude but I think he was happy, he scored the goal, went in, he doesn’t even think about the rest.

“When you have dinner he is the first one that finishes, the first one in his room as well, even when he is playing.”

Not surprisingly man of the match, 19 year-old Englishman Jack Wilshere has been talked about as the future of English football, having made the Spanish midfield look largely ordinary, and Wenger added to what has been said about him.

“He (Wilshere) can fight and play. It is more than aggression. I would say commitment. Aggression is something negative. He has a committed attitude. He needs to keep that,” said Wenger.

“Jack is good in the defensive box and good in the offensive box. We are used to players being only strong on one side more than the other. He can have both.

“You can go into a fight with him. Sometimes it can be too much at the start but I like this side of his character. He is committed, he will fight for the cause and he will not hide.”

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