Arsene Wenger has said he has no interest in selling Jack Wilshere, amid reports that Manchester City are preparing to make a move for the Arsenal midfielder.
Wilshere, who has been sidelined since late November with an ankle problem, is set to make a return to competitive action for Arsenal at Burnley this weekend but faces a battle to win his place back given the team's excellent recent form.
However, Wenger told a news conference that Arsenal had no interest in selling Wilshere, 23, and no longer had to countenance losing their best talent, as happened with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie in recent years.
"We are not in a position anymore where we have to sell our best players," Wenger said. "We cannot make a case of any headline in any newspaper in a press conference from things that are not true."
Wenger confirmed that, along with Wilshere, he will also have captain Mikel Arteta, full-back Mathieu Debuchy and long-time injury absentee Abou Diaby available for the Burnley game.
Wilshere, Arteta and Diaby played in an under-21 game for Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday and, after showing no reaction to their respective injury problems, Wenger confirmed they are ready to play at Turf Moor.
"They were at a good level physically and they should all be available from now on until the end of the season hopefully," Wenger said.
Debuchy did not play in the under-21 game, but Wenger said: "Debuchy is alright. I could only play three players over the age of 21 [on Tuesday] so he is physically fit and ready. He lacks a bit of a competitive edge, but overall he has no medical problems. All of them can have a big impact until the end of the season."
Wenger said central defender Laurent Koscielny will have a fitness test on Thursday to assess whether he will be available for the trip to Burnley after the France international was substituted against Liverpool.