Defender Confirms Talks But Admits Frustrations Over Player Sales

By on December 16, 2013

Bacary Sagna has thrown his Arsenal future into doubt after admitting that leaving the club is still very-much an option for him and revealed his frustration at the club selling it’s star players in recent years.

The Frenchman is in the final year of his current deal at the Emirates and has been locked in negotiations with the club over an extension for some time now.

It seemed we were close to finding a solution when Arsene Wenger said on Friday that things were looking positive and Sagna could sign a new deal within the next two weeks. When asked about Sagna’s contract situation, Wenger said:

“Yes, that could be decided in next two weeks. It looks positive. It would be a great boost, of course.” [source: Mirror]

However, speaking on French TV on Sunday, while the 30-year-old did state he hopes to find a resolution with Arsenal, he also said leaving the club is still an option.

“I’ve still got six months on my contract with Arsenal. We are in negotiations. It’s an option to go somewhere in January but I always had a good relationship with Arsenal.

“I’ve been playing there for seven years and i hope we will end up on something good. First of all I want to finish a champion because we have got a good opportunity to do it this year and after we will see…” [source: Mirror]

I think when he says “go somewhere in January”, he means sign a pre-contract agreement with another club ahead of a free transfer move in the summer, and not actually leave Arsenal in January. There is virtually no chance we’d sell him next month, even if he decides against signing a new deal.

However, it is slightly worrying that he’s saying leaving is still an option just days after Wenger claimed things we’re looking positive on him signing an extension.

Some have suggested this is perhaps part of Sagna’s negotiating tactics, but judging by some of the other things he said yesterday, it seems he may not be entirely happy at the club.

Sagna also admitted he was upset when the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Robin van Persie were sold and says that while he’d love to win a trophy with Arsenal, he feels “something is missing”. He continued:

“I was upset, angry when players left.. If we had them today, it would make a massive difference. Since 2007, a very competitive team left. I would love to win trophies with this club, it’s a club I love so much but something is missing.”

You can’t really argue that the players listed above would make a difference if we still had them today, but I just question the logic of Sagna bringing it up when we’re sitting top of the league and he’s in the middle of negotiating a contract extension.

I really hope he signs a new deal and stays at the club, because his form has been excellent this season and he’s earned a new two-year contract, but I’m still not convinced he’ll be with us next season.

Do you think Sagna will sign a new deal?


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