Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky remains hopeful that wantaway duo Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas change their minds and stay at the Emirates Stadium.
Speculation over the future of both players have been rife all summer, with Fabregas desperate to return to Barcelona where he started his career, while Nasri has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City.
While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has so far managed to rebuff all advances for his star midfield duo, many believe that Barca will soon return with an improved offer for Fabregas that will be too good to refuse.
At the same time, reports emanating from England on Tuesday suggest City are ready to table a new £22million bid for Nasri.
Should both players depart the Emirates Stadium, it would open up the possibility for a player like Rosicky, who has been plagued with injuries over the last two seasons, to stake his claim for a regular starting berth.
However, when asked if that scenario had crossed his mind, Rosicky told Pravo: “I’m not thinking like that.
“Arsenal are a giant club with big ambitions and to turn those ambitions into achievements, you need to keep the best players you have and to have the strongest squad possible.”
But while Rosicky remained hopeful that both players would stay at the club, he also backed Wenger to find an adequate replacement in the event of their departures, with Valencia winger Juan Manuel Mata heavily linked to the club in recent weeks.
“I don’t want Fabregas or anyone else to leave.
“Even if that were to happen, Mr Wenger would go and get someone new.”
Rosicky arrived at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2006 but his time at the club has been blighted by injury, and he has only managed to make 128 appearances in all competition over the last five seasons.