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Stewart Coggin

Fabregas Stays...Reluctantly

By August 6, 2010

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The confirmation arrived on Friday - Cesc Fabregas will remain an Arsenal player this season.

Arsenal have rejected two bids from Barcelona for the player this summer, with Fabregas having made it clear to the Gunners that he desired a return to his former club.

But Arsenal have remained adamant they will not sell the midfielder, who is under contract until 2014.

Fabregas insisted that he will be "100% focused" on playing for the Gunners, however the bulk of his statement pointed to a player keen to return to Catalonia, but resigned to one more season in London.

Words like: "There are not many players in the world who would not want to play for Barcelona" and "I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal's prerogative not to sell me" suggest that this will almost certainly be his final season at the Emirates Stadium.

Fabregas loves Arsenal too much to go on strike or use the media to try and engineer a move, and his statement demonstrated that he is respectful of the fact he will be a Gunner for at least nine more months.

I believe that a gentleman's agreement may have been reached between Fabregas and Arsenal to allow the player to return to Barcelona next summer.

Barca, for their part, have released a statement of their own saying they "regret" Arsenal's decision to declare the player not for sale.

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