Premier League - Fabregas given warm reception
PA Sport - Thu, 05 Aug 13:43:00 2010
The Gunners captain has been at the centre of speculation linking him with a return to the Catalan giants all summer.
Barca, the club with whom Fabregas began his career, made a £30 million bid for the midfielder earlier this summer, only to be told by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger that the player was not for sale at any price.
A series of public statements by Barca's most prominent players advocating a move for the World Cup winner has only served to increase speculation that Fabregas will leave the club.
Nevertheless, the Spain star looked at ease as he lined up alongside Wenger and the rest of the Arsenal squad for the team photo at the Emirates Stadium, perhaps an indication that he will remain at the club he joined as a 15-year-old for at least another season.
Fabregas and Robin van Persie, who had also been granted an extended holiday following his World Cup exploits with Holland, trained in front of Arsenal fans at the club's members' day in north London.