Arsene Wenger has again reiterated his desire to extend Bacary Sagna’s contract but admits a deal is yet to be done with the experienced French international.
Free to talk to rival clubs about a transfer in the summer, the 30-year-old is believed to have a host of suitors with Manchester City the latest side rumoured to be monitoring Arsenal’s stuttering negotiations.
The rumour, which originated in the Daily Star before being taken for a steak dinner by the Metro, remains unsubstantiated although the suggestions we’ve only offered a two-year contract on the player’s current £60,000 a week deal do sound very ‘Arsenal’.
Quite why we’ve not offered him £300,000 a week, three unicorns and free Netflix for life is beyond us, but given Arsene played hard ball with the likes of Dennis, Bobby, Freddie and a host of other veterans it’s not unusual behaviour.
“We try to secure Sagna’s [deal] because he is a very important player,” said the boss this morning. “He is fully committed and will be as long as he stays here.”
Sagna has averaged just under 38 games a season since moving to the Emirates from Auxerre in 2007 and twice been named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season. He is, for want of a better turn of phrase, a f**king warrior.