Selepas Fabregas mengeluarkan kenyataan semalam, kini giliran Wenger pula mengeluarkan kenyataan terhadap kaptennya itu dengan memberitahu beliau akan terus menjadi kapten dan Wenger juga memberikan cabaran kepada Fabregas untuk mengetuai Arsenal memenangi trofi dan menegaskan sekali lagi yang mereka tidak berminat untuk berbincang mengenai perpindahan Fabregas kerana mereka mahu mengekalkan Fabregas..
"We do not negotiate.. If I want to buy your house and you don't want to sell, you don't negotiate with me, that's completely normal.. I have spoken to him directly [over the summer]. But I believe it's important that meetings between me and the players remain secret.. I never come out with the words I exchange with my players.."
"It's an inevitable question and inevitable answer.. I always said Cesc Fabregas will be our captain next year and that we want to keep him.. Despite all the speculation last season and the whole summer, nothing has changed.. There's a great attitude and spirit inside the squad and Cesc Fabregas an help us achieve these targets.. He's now at a good age, 23-years-old, and he has just won the World Cup.. I believe he will grow in authority again for next season.. The biggest achievement for him now is to help us win the title.."
"I have known players who want to leave and then after they don't want to leave any more.. There are all kinds of situations but I believe what happens after is that when a player stays it is about how much he focused on playing football.. It is always in the interests of the player to perform. If he is a champion, he goes on the football pitch and wants to be the best he can. All the rest is a poor excuse for a football player.."
Wenger juga menegaskan yang Fabregas boleh kekal lebih daripada setahun memandangkan kontrak Fabregas masih panjang lagi.. "Look at the length of his contract and you will see he has five or six years to go.. When you sign a contract it means we are committed to a player to pay him and keep him no matter what happens.."
Wenger juga sekali lagi mengutuk tentang polisi baru EPL apabila hanya 25 pemain utama sahaja boleh disenaraikan dengan 8 darinya mestilah home grown.. "I am not a big fan of it.. It puts first of all many players without clubs, that is the first mathematical consequence of it.. Secondly it puts the clubs in a weak position most of the time on the transfer market.."
"When you have already 25 [players in your squad], when you buy a player you know you have 26 and now you have to get rid of one.. So you have to integrate in the transfer market when you buy a player how much as well it costs to get rid of a player.. You are not sure after you will be capable to buy the player, so I believe it is a disastrous decision for football and for the players and I was quite amazed that the union accepted that.. I believe as well for the clubs it is a very bad decision.."
"The big clubs have 25 top players anyway and you will not stop that by these kind of decisions. When you have already employed a player and he has to go to a smaller club there are only two solutions; the smaller club pays above their potential or the big club takes a part of the salary.. In both cases it is not satisfying.."
Wenger juga menegaskan yang dia tidak terkejut melihat Campbell menyertai Newcastle pasukan yang disokong keluarga mertuanya.. "No [I was not surprised] because I thought it was a possibility he could take.. Sol I believe has done extremely well with us and we were still open to negotiating with him here.. But he made that choice and, no, I am not surprised.."
Mathieu Flamini pastinya menjadi perhatian ramai pada perlawanan malam nanti selepas kembali semula ke Emirates Stadium selepas 4 tahun meninggalkan pasukan.. "It is always a pleasure to come back to this stadium.. I spent a lot of good moments here and have a lot of memories here.. I had four amazing years with Arsenal, great memories and I still have good friends in this team.. I stay in contact with them so for me it is something special and I will enjoy it to the maximum.."
Sementara itu Havard Nordtveit di jangka akan memecahkan tembok skuad utama Arsenal selepas semakin hampir untuk berada di dalam pasukan utama walaupun beliau merupakan pilihan saat akhir Wenger untuk ke kem Austria itupun atas aksi cemerlangnya semasa menentang Barnet..
"I was first told I would not be joining the training camp, but after the match against Barnet, I got a phone call that I was taken out anyway.. It was crazy.. They said they were impressed that I showed mental strength and played so well in the Barnet match.. Wenger said I played very well.."
Nordtveit yang kini sedang berbincang dengan pengurusan Arsenal tentang lanjutan kontraknya mengakui beliau tiada petunjuk sama ada beliau akan turut serta dalam skuad Arsenal pada kempen mempertahankan Piala Emirates.. Apa-apa pun Atikah yakin beliau akan dipanggil Wenger untuk kempen musim depan.. Kerana beliau berhak menerimanya..
Jangan lupa saksikan perlawanan Arsenal VS AC Milan pada pukul 11.25 malam ini untuk aksi pertama kempen Piala Emirates 2010 di saluran astro 816.. Adios!!