Walcott Expects Cesc Stay

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Arsenal's young winger Theo Walcott has revealed that, in his opinion, captain Cesc Fabregas will not be leaving the Gunners for his boyhood club Barcelona this summer, despite the rumours to the contrary.

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Fabregas joined Arsenal seven years ago from Barcelona and has made himself synonymous with the club since, taking a first team spot in Patrick Vieira's absence in 2004 and not relinquishing it since.
This has led fans to idolise the Spain international, who has just won the World Cup with his country, but Fabregas revealed earlier in the summer that he does intend, at some point, to return to his roots and rejoin the Catalan giants.

These comments, and Barca's interest in the midfielder, have led to the summers biggest transfer saga with the media constantly reporting on Fabregas' future.

Walcott feels though, that his skipper still has work to do at Arsenal and expects him to stay with the club.

"Cesc's a big player for Arsenal so I'm looking forward to playing with him next season," Walcott said in The Sun.

"He's one of those players who spots a ball no one else would. I've been texting him.

"I sent my congratulations for the World Cup and said what a great pass he made for the winner.

"After that he just needed a good mental break from it all.
"I'm looking forward to seeing him back. He's a fantastic player for us and our captain.

"After Spain's victory, it's a nice bonus to have a World Cup winner by your side."

Arsenal's defensive star Thomas Vermaelen also expressed his desire for the Catalan star to stay and  agreed with Walcott that he will most likely stay in North London.

"He is our skipper so he is the leader on the pitch," Vermaelen told Sky Sports News.

"Last year he was very good, he scored a lot goals, he was really important for us so I hope he will stay this year.

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