Bacary Sagna’s contract expires at the end of the season, and with reportedly a number of big offers from foreign clubs, this could be his last season with the club.
There have been many stories in the press claiming the club and player are on the verge of agreeing a new deal, but Arsene Wenger, while praising the full-back heavily, has admitted that, presently, both sides are not close to an agreement.
“We are always in negotiations with him and we always try to be fair with our players. When I say I expect [him to stay], it’s more that I want [him to stay]. I hope that in the end I am right. We are not close at the moment.”
Sagna is certainly one of the best right-backs in the game and his loss would leave a massive hole in the side. Experienced as well as talented and still only 30 [he's 31 on Valentine's Day], it would take a lot of money to replace him.
Wenger himself is, of course, aware of what Sagna brings to the side.
“He’s fantastic, he’s not only a great player but has a fantastic attitude.
“You know when you start the game that Bacary Sagna will give you 100 per cent commitment and, no matter where you play, against whom you play, he will just commit 100 per cent. That is a fantastic guarantee. I believe that his future is here and any other decision would be wrong.”
It would be a real shame if he was to leave Arsenal but, as I’ve said for a while, I just don’t think that they are going to reach an agreement.
Depending on what you read and who you believe the sticking point is either wages or years being offered. It was initially reported that Arsenal were offering him one year and he wanted two, then it was claimed the club put a two-year deal down and Sagna wanted three.
It has also been claimed that he is being offered the same wages as he is currently on, rumoured to be £80,000 per week.
I’d love to see him sign a new deal with Arsenal but I just don’t think it’s going to happen.
I hope I’m wrong.