By Richard Clarke

Cesc Fabregas is not leaving Arsenal.

Reports this week suggested that Barcelona were trying to bring the midfielder back to Spain. However the very idea was swiftly dismissed by Arsène Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“No chance,” he replied bluntly when the question was put to him. “Do you really think we'll sell our players one day before the Premier League starts? Players who are basic players of the team? There is no chance.

“Again you cannot stop people from having a lot of creative imagination during their sleepness nights but that doesn’t mean we will do it.”

It was then suggested that the lure of Barca will always be enticing to Fabregas. He has Catalan blood flowing through his veins and learnt his football in the youth section at the Nou Camp. Wenger was equally ebullient on this issue.

“I believe that in life you are committed to clubs with contracts,” he said. “And in no contract is the colour of your blood described.

“A man is always defined by the way he is committed to his contracts and that has nothing to do with the blood you have.”

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14 Aug 2009