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Monday, June 13, 2011

Arsenal need to keep their big players

Arsene Wenger has stated a desire to keep Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal next season as he looks for the Gunners to go for the Premier League title.

The French boss has seen his side remain without a trophy since 2005 and they slipped to fourth in the Premier League title race last season as a faltering end to their campaign saw Manchester City leapfrog them in the table.

For large parts of the season Arsenal looked to be in contention but they struggled to retain any consistency and were shown on countless occasions to have a brittle defence and a faltering goalkeeping situation. Those following the football predictions will know Arsenal's problems all to well.

Wenger has large areas of his side to improve and the last thing he would want is to lose the club's two star players, in the shape of Nasri and Fabgregas.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move to rivals Manchester United while Fabregas is annually reported to be moving to Barcelona during the summer transfer window and those looking at the football betting should remember this.

One thing remains virtually nailed on and that is that Arsenal would not stand a chance of winning the Premier League title if the two midfielders left the club – and fans would not be shocked if Wenger failed to spend money to replace them if they did exit the Emirates.

Wenger is convinced Fabregas "will stay" at Arsenal but he could have more difficulty persuading the 23-year-old Nasri to remain with the club with the Premier League champions sniffing around him.

"We will do everything to keep Nasri at the club. My wish is that he stays here," the boss told the Sun.

"If he looks back he can see that he's come quite a long way with us, and I think there is still a bit to do."

Gunners striker Robin van Persie has come out and denied questioning the professionalism of his English colleagues, stating his words were taken out of context.

The Dutch striker needs to quash this media circus as in-fighting and bitching is never going to help Arsenal's bid to become serious Premier League title contenders again.

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