Barca coach Guardiola admits defeat in luring Gunners skipper Fabregas

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BARCELONA - Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly conceded defeat in his pursuit of Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas by admitting that Ars�ne Wenger will not sell any of his best players.

Barcelona had two bids turned down last summer for Fabregas and, while Samir Nasri and Jack Wilshere have also impressed Guardiola this season, there is an acceptance that Wenger will not allow the break-up of his team, The Telegraph reports.

Wenger’s entire policy is dependent on keeping his young squad together for when they enter the peak years of their careers and, in keeping with that strategy, most of the key players have been persuaded to sign long-term contracts.

Significantly, both Fabregas and Wilshere are on contracts until 2015, meaning Arsenal would be under no real financial pressure to sell until 2013 or even 2014.

Wenger has described the current Arsenal squad as the strongest in his 15 years at the club and will continue an extensive rotation policy as the players face further fixture congestion following Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. (ANI)

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