Arsene Wenger says he wants to keep Bacary Sagna after more stories linking the full back with a move away from the club this summer.
In the wake of the Bayern defeat, newspaper reports suggested that the Frenchman would be a ‘big name’ departure at the end of the season. It’s known that Arsenal have some doubts about his fitness, having suffered two broken legs, and he misses the game tomorrow with a knee injury.
But Wenger said, “He is not free in the summer so he can only leave if we let him go. Our desire is to keep him and he knows it.”
Talks are, apparently, ongoing, with a one year extension on offer from the club. Yet this is a road we’ve been down before, many times, and while it would be a good idea to at least hold him until his contract is up, circumstances might dictate a move happens once the season finishes.
It might well be Arsenal’s desire to hang on to Sagna, but if Sagna wants to leave (a distinct possibility), then we know how these things usually play out.
Wenger spoke of Sagna earlier in the week, saying, “He has criticised his own form recently but the things you never question from Bacary are his commitment, his mental attitude, his desire to win and his intelligence.”
“If he has not been playing as he would expect, it is down to his injury. It takes time to come back, and he has played through a lot of pain – in fact, he is one of the strongest players I have met when it comes to doing that.
“He’s hugely respected here, and if he’s not at the level we know he can achieve then we are tolerant because we know it’s not down to a lack of commitment. It’s just because he has come back from a long-term injury.”5,503 views