By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger says he has learned to live with transfer ‘noise'.
This summer, there have been a consistent stream of stories surrounding the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. When they first arose, Arsenal put out a strongly-worded statement that spelt out their position - the midfielder was simply not for sale.
It did little to stem the tide but, speaking after the 4-0 win at Neusiedl on Tuesday, Wenger once again brushed away any concerns.
"It is only noise," he said. "In our job we have to deal with what we can master. What we cannot influence is not to worry about.
"We have learned about that and I believe that in a big club you have to live with those kind of noises without being disturbed.
"I am very happy with Cesc and we are all very happy at the Club with Cesc. He is a very important player for us, he is our captain and we have worked very hard [for him] to be the future of our team and that is why we are always adamant about [not] letting him go."