By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger refuses outright to negotiate with Barcelona over the sale of Cesc Fabregas.

When speculation first began at the start of the summer, Arsenal released a stern statement saying their captain was not for sale. Ahead of the Emirates Cup, Wenger confirmed he talked to his captain over the summer but would not elaborate further. However the manager’s position remained crystal clear.

“We do not negotiate,” he said at Friday’s press conference. “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.”

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