Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is finally set to confirm his transfer to Barcelona after weeks – nay, years – of speculation.
The Spaniard travelled to his hometown club by plane this afternoon and is expected to be presented as a Barcelona player on Monday after the Supercopa.
However, understandably Arsene Wenger was reluctant to confirm the reports until the deal was done.
After days of intense speculation that Fabregas is on the brink of being sold to Barcelona, with Nasri heading to Manchester City, Wenger batted away questions about the two players at a press conference.
“I expect nobody to leave,” Wenger said at the club’s training ground as Arsenal prepared to travel to Newcastle for Saturday’s season-opener.
“The best thing for us one day before the championship starts is not to focus on possible transfers.
“At the moment there is no news. If there is news I promise I will give it. I will decide what’s best for the club.”
Asked if he was disappointed at the attitude of Fabregas and Nasri in apparently engineering their transfers, Wenger replied: “My personal feelings are not important. What is important is the club and how well we do.
“I have not been disappointed with their attitudes. They are professionals. I take nothing personally.
“The transfer speculation is disruptive but that is not an excuse.”