By Richard Clarke in Warsaw

The decision of Cesc Fabregas to stay at Arsenal is a ‘huge lift for everyone', according to Arsène Wenger

On Thursday, the Spanish midfielder trained with his club-mates for the first time since winning the World Cup in July. A day later, he declared his intention to stay at Emirates Stadium despite intense interest from Barcelona. Later that same day in Poland, Wenger outlined the importance of that decision.

"He is our captain, he is our leader," said the Frenchman ahead of Saturday's friendly at Legia Warsaw.

"You could see yesterday in the training session how much a lift it is for everybody who loves Arsenal. When I was at the World Cup I met so many people in South Africa and the first thing I heard was ‘don't let Fabregas go'. That means it is a huge lift for everybody who loves the Club.

"The situation is as it is," Wenger added. "I believe it is important in my job that I do not come out with private conversations I have with the players. That would be unfair.

"But Cesc has come out today to clear the air. It was very important for us that Cesc did that clearly and that we can move on from now.

"We are one week away from the start of the season so just we want to be focused and settled now."

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6 Aug 2010