Skipper Fab ‘100% committed’ to Arsenal

ARSENAL captain Cesc Fabregas has once again reaffirmed his commitment to the Gunners.

The 21-year-old Spaniard was given the armband by manager Arsene Wenger following William Gallas’s controversial outburst and has enjoyed successive victories in his first two games in charge — the last at Premier League title rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

The Euro 2008 winner is always at the centre of transfer rumours, the latest sparked by comments he made to an Italian newspaper concerning AC Milan, a club Fabregas admires.

However, the Gunners skipper — contracted at Emirates Stadium until 2014 — maintains he has no intentions of leaving in the immediate future.

“It is true that I said I admire Milan for their rich history and the way they play football — but that is as far as the story goes,” Fabregas said last night.

“I am honoured to wear the captain’s armband for Arsenal and 100% committed to this club. My future is here.”

Samir Nasri maintains it is now up to Arsenal to prove criticism of their Premier League title aspirations were nothing more than “nonsense”.

“There is lots of relentless criticism about Arsenal that is not fair, but now it is up to us to stop talking, to work hard at training and to show on the pitch that all of that is nonsense,” the France winger declared.

“We know the quality we have, we know what is in our dressing room and that everything is okay at the club so we can prove them wrong.”

Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the Gunners would be without Gallas for the visit of Wigan tomorrow as the Frenchman struggles with a calf injury. However, Kolo Toure returns to the squad after a similar problem.

Wenger also confirmed striker Eduardo was on course for an imminent return after his broken leg. “As soon as possible he will play now,” Wenger said. “He is joining in full training matches, but he needs games now.”

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