By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal's retention of Cesc Fabregas over the summer demonstrates the power clubs still hold in the transfer market.

The Spaniard started his first Premier League game of the season on Saturday in the 2-1 win at Blackburn. Fabregas had been wanted at Barcelona throughout the close season but Arsenal stated their position in May and the 23-year-old ended the story in August by confirming he would stay.

"I believe Cesc has given a lot to the Club and the Club has given a lot to Cesc as well," said Wenger. "I believe personally he loves Arsenal and that is why he accepted our decision. There is a trust and confidence [between us].

"Every case is individual but to have players happy you need the club and the player to be happy. Of course when a player wants to go somewhere else for a while he is not happy but it is very difficult to legislate on that.

"And, when you transfer a player, you need the agreement of the three parties. That is why player power exists and is legitimate. But the club has its word to say as well.

"It was vital for us to keep Cesc because we build a team around him. But I believe as well the players we have brought in have shown that they can adapt very quickly - Koscielny, Chamakh and now Squillaci. So overall I believe we have done very well."

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
30 Aug 2010