Wenger Lining-Up Shock Target To Replace City-Bound Sagna – Report

By on May 22, 2014

An interesting report coming from the Telegraph this evening with the newspaper claiming that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering James Milner as a surprise replacement for Manchester City-bound Bacary Sagna.

Sagna looks set to leave after failing to come to terms over a contract extension, with widespread reports today stating that the Frenchman has agreed a three-year deal worth around £6m-per-season at City.

The deal will also include a sizeable signing on bonus and for a player that is 31 and will have no sell-on value, I think Arsenal are doing the right thing in refusing to match such an offer.

However, Sagna’s exit leaves a huge void to be filled and the Telegraph seem to believe that Arsene may have a surprise in store for us, as they are reporting that the boss is giving serious consideration to converting James Milner to a right-back!

Milner is pushing to leave the Etihad this summer in search of regular first team football and I was as surprised as anyone when we were linked with him earlier this week, as I failed to see how he would get into Arsenal’s midfielder anymore than he does City’s.

But it seems Wenger has other plans as the newspaper claims that Milner is one of the options being talked about as a possible replacement for Sagna, and the boss is apparently mulling over a £10m swoop.

The 28-year-old has filled in at right-back in the past but has never played there for any length of time, so it would be a huge gamble if you ask me. Obviously Arsene has a decent track record of converting players, with Lauren and Kieran Gibbs both recent examples of him turning midfielders into full-backs, but I’m really not sold on the idea of Milner.

We’re so close to having a title-winning team and I just don’t see the point in taking such a gamble when other options such as Serge Aurier are available at a similar price. Milner is a hard worker and would be a useful squad player as a midfielder, but as a right-back? Not for me.


  1. panther

    May 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Why convert a midfielder into a right back? If this is true that is why I want Wenger to leave.

    • joe

      May 23, 2014 at 7:02 am

      Sagna was a midfielder too, did u ask Wenger to leave?

      • redarmy

        May 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        When was Sagna a midfielder ?latantly untrue.

        • Rupe

          May 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm

          Maybe you’re thinking of Lauren? He was a midfielder-turned-defender (and continued to play in midfield for his country while playing in defence for us).

          Sagna was Auxerre’s right back before joining Arsenal.

  2. demo

    May 22, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    As much as I concur with the idea of milner being a round peg in a square hole for the right back position, do you really think Arsene listens to the fans?

    • Rupe

      May 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Certainly hope not! Hate to think how last season would have gone without Rambo and Rosicky.

  3. Abdul Karim Dumbuya

    May 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Wenger are times do come close the point but soon deviate-milner isnt suit that job. Right back? No, why not other names?

    Oncemore, snatch Y. Toure frm City such are the names we’d like to hear. Do not disappoint us nxt season. Plz our ears are on U.

  4. Monsiano

    May 22, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I strongly believe, this is a mear paper talk, wenger can not do a things like that, not now that we’ve rediscover glory day. We all no that glorious day has back again, there’s a lot of hope next season, if arsenal can sign ozil then they can sign colman or dani alvez, these are the only option that can replace sagna.

  5. Tommy B

    May 23, 2014 at 7:14 am

    He turns midfielders in to strikers too….Thierry Henry for example………the man’s just crazy! What failure Henry turned out to be as a striker after all……

  6. Catch22

    May 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Gosh ! If it’s in a newspaper, it must be true !

  7. Gab

    May 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    In the first place man city will never sale their active players to arsenal. Therefore wenger is stupid to use him as replacement to sagna. Wenger is not serious at all. The most sturbon manager of all time. He need to be sacked.


    May 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm


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