August 4th, 2010
Speak up: Fabregas will take part in a photo-shoot and then face the Arsenal fans
Arsenal want Cesc Fabregas to make a public pledge of loyalty on Thursday when he comes face to face with his manager and the club’s fans.
Fabregas will report to the Emirates Stadium for the first time since the protracted tug-of-war with Barcelona that has infuriated Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The player will take part in a photo-shoot and training session in front of club members before signing autographs for supporters in the afternoon.
Wenger wants Fabregas to end the transfer speculation with a public statement, following the example of his Spain team-mate Fernando Torres when he returned to training at Liverpool earlier this week.
The Arsenal manager has spoken personally to Fabregas since he won the World Cup with Spain and remains certain that his captain will stay at the Emirates this season.
However, a succession of players and officials from the Spanish club continue to urge the player to quit London for his homeland.
Fabregas has five years left on his contract and the Gunners insist he is not for sale.
Defender Thomas Vermaelen summed up the feeling of the Arsenal players.
Support: Vermaelen (right) hopes Fabregas stays as he is the Gunners' 'leader'
‘He is our skipper,’ said Vermaelen, at the launch of the club’s campaign to raise funds for the homeless charity Centrepoint. ‘He is just a fantastic player and he is very important to us.
‘He scores goals and he makes assists. The boss gave him the armband because he is a leader. We all hope he stays.’
Arsenal, having failed to sign Everton’s Phil Jagielka and German international Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen, are closing in on Montpellier central defender Emir Spahic, the 29-year-old captain of Bosnia.
Spahic has impressed in the French league since a move from Lokomotiv Moscow last year and signed a new contract in January. Montpellier insist they want more than
£15million for him.
Source: daily mail
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