Arsenal latest: Cesc plays down backlash from Gunners fans

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Whilst fans will be focusing on the World Cup, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will be looking towards the transfer window. However, he may have more work to do than initially planned, as Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has remained coy over his future at the club after speculation over a move back to his native Spain with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

"When the World Cup is over, I’ll start thinking about my situation," said Cazorla. "I don’t want to be thinking about it right now and I’ve told my agents not to tell me anything if an offer comes in."

"But I know a few of the Atlético players – Godín, Juanfran and I know the side well from when I was playing the Spanish league but until the tournament is over, I won’t know if the rumours are true or not," added the former Villarreal man.

Cazorla is one of the key midfielders at the Emirates Stadium, and he could have been joined by ex-Gunner and international team mate Cesc Fabregas - only for Wenger to turn down a deal to sign the Barcelona man. Rivals Chelsea swooped in to sign the 27-year-old for around £30m, and the midfielder knows that he will receiver abuse from Arsenal fans who are gutted to see him in Chelsea's blue - but he believes he can deal with it.

"I’m mature enough for that not to hurt. I have explained it well. I’ve always been very loyal and grateful to Arsenal," said Fabregas. "There was a first option they could exercise, I talked with Arsene Wenger and he told me that the area was covered with Mesut Ozil, but there is always fans who want to cause trouble."

The main transfer news emanating from the Emirates Stadium is that defender Thomas Vermaelen is poised to sign for Premier League rivals Manchester United. Whilst a £10m fee had been speculated, there are now rumours that Arsenal could choose to take midfielder Tom Cleverley away from Old Trafford. The England international has often been seen as a scapegoat for the Red Devils, and he could well be open to a move down to the Gunners.

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