Saturday, 16th July, 2011

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has appealed for Cesc Fabregas to remain at the club, promising the Spaniard that silverware is not far away.

Fabregas is being targeted once again by boyhood club Barcelona, with the Catalans confident that this summer they will finally take the midfielder to the Camp Nou.

But Wenger will not release his captain without a fight and the Frenchman is using all his powers of persuasion to convince Fabregas to remain at the Emirates next season.

Asked on the Gunners’ pre-season tour of Asia what message he had for Fabregas, Wenger replied: "I think we’re good enough to win a title."

The Arsenal boss then stated his belief that this could be the season to see the club end their six-year trophy drought, reflecting on the side still competing on four fronts as the business end of the last campaign approached.

"I believe that the real destiny of the team is now there", said Wenger.

"They know as well as I know that we were very, very close.

"You say, OK we missed our chance or you say, in our position, let’s show everybody that we can do it and come back stronger. Which is what I think we can do because we are a young team and we can only be better.

"It demands the strength of character that champions have. That’s what we want to show."

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