Wenger dismisses Cesc talk
Gunners boss unfazed by latest rumours surrounding captain
By James Dall. Last Updated: April 3, 2009 3:54pm
Wenger: Looking at short-term goals
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unfazed by the latest speculation surrounding captain Cesc Fabregas' future.
The Spain international has been regularly linked with a move away from the Gunners since he joined the club from Barcelona in 2003.
Many of the rumours have suggested Fabregas could be set to return to his homeland, but the 21-year-old has consistently stressed his commitment to Arsenal.
But on Friday, Barca president Joan Laporta confirmed the Primera Division club's interest in signing Fabregas, with his words threatening to unsettle the Gunners skipper.
Wenger, though, has brushed aside the speculation and is remaining focused on the short-term as he attempts to secure fourth place in the Premier League and seal silverware for the first time in four years.
He said: "We have answered that question (on Fabregas) for five years now.
"What is important is that a player like Cesc can come back into the squad and help us be successful."
"What is important for us is not who stays in July or who goes, it is how much we focus on the next game.
"It is how well we deal with that kind of thing inside the club; that is more important than what people say.
"Any distraction would be a weakness from our side and a wrong excuse. We do not want that.
"We cannot influence what people say, or write or think. We can influence how much success we can achieve together.
"The period which is in front of us can be a formidable human experience for our players, and that is what I want it to be."
Meanwhile, Samir Nasri will miss Saturday's game versus Manchester City, while Eduardo, Robin van Persie and Abou Diaby all have a small chance of being available for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League match at Villarreal.