Published 00:10 30/07/11 By Matt ButlerArsenal boss Arsene Wenger claims wantaway captain Cesc Fabregas must sort his head out before he plays for the Gunners again.
Wenger is frustrated by the will-he-won't-he saga surrounding Fabregas' protracted move to Barcelona.
And he has withdrawn the Spanish star from this weekend's Emirates Cup friendlies against Boca Juniors and New York Red Bulls because he says Fabregas is unsettled and unfocused.
Wenger has previously used Fabregas' hamstring injury as an smokescreen to keep him out of his pre-season preparations but, last night, the gloves came off.
He said: "He will not be involved this weekend because at the moment he is not settled. He is coming back from an injury and is not settled with us.
"You know all the speculation which is around his position. That has to be sorted out soon.
"I'm just worried that the player has to be completely focused and committed to our club. And at the moment he's coming back from an injury and we have to sort out that situation.
"He is the captain of our club and we have to make sure he is really focused on being with us."
Barcelona revealed earlier this week that they would wait until the end of the transfer window before making a bid that meets the Gunners' £40m valuation for Fabregas.
Wenger insists he is concentrating on getting the rest of his squad ready for the new season, rather than worrying when or if the Catalans will stump up for his star man.
He said: "There is only one deadline, it is on August 31. The other deadline is for us to get everybody focused, the players who are really committed to the club, my energy and my focus goes on them.
"That is what I focus on, I cannot help the other situation, because it does not only depend on me, it depends on the players and on the other clubs."
Wenger is after two more players, but wants his transfer business done before the Premier League season begins in a fortnight.
He claimed his attempts to sign players have been foiled by the fact there is nothing available in his price bracket.
"Business will be done sooner rather than later," he said. At the moment you have two categories of movement, one from zero to 10 million, and one from 30 to 50 million.
"We are in between. In between nothing happens at the moment, there has been very little movement.
"The only clubs who buy at the moment in Europe are ones who buy with money which is not generated by our industry.
"There are two categories of club - those who travel with sweat and those who travel with petrol. We are those who travel with sweat."MirrorFootball
Interesting words. Ironically he criticized clubs' ownership like Man CT and Chelsea. He surely moaning about the lack of budget at hand. Don't you think?