Sagna exit likely as contract talks break down

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Bacary Sagna

Arseblog News has learned that Bacary Sagna is likely to leave the club this summer after contract talks between the player and the club broke down.

Wranglings between both sides have been ongoing for some time now and last month Arsene Wenger hinted that although the club were still trying, the player’s commitment could not be called into question if he were to leave when his current deal ends.

“We try to secure Sagna because he is a very important player,” he said. “He is fully committed and will be as long as he stays here.”

As we told you in January the issue is related to the length of the contract and the salary on offer. Despite further talks no agreement has been found.

Arsenal do have to compete with clubs who can sign him on a Bosman, allowing them to pay a significant signing on fee alongside an improved wage, and with rumoured interest from super-wealthy clubs like PSG and Monaco, the financial incentives to move at his age must be great.

Sagna turns 31 in two days time, and the security of a longer deal with a big pay rise is probably the main issue – although Arsenal’s reluctance to push the boat out for players over 30 is well known too.

It’s not impossible that something could be done between now and the end of the season to ensure he stays, but at this point it seems very unlikely.

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Hans Moleman

Noooooo!!!

Aqeel

What a real shame. I’ll be sad to see him go

gooner-dan

Source/quotes?

smh

Technically, and in fairness for Blog, reporters have no obligation to cite or disclose his source of the news as long as the reporting is done in good faith. It is a recognized privilege. The keyword here is “good faith,” a word which the likes of Metro, The Sun, Daily Mail, etc., don’t really seem to understand. (How much you trust our very own Mr. Blog, well, that’s another story. :P)

smh

Correction: their* source

Incognito

:'(

ferngunner

i want him to be given a new contract but fuck it if he wants to hold the club to ransom. He’s had 2 broken legs in under a year even if he were in Wengers position he would issue the same terms we’re offering him.

He’s replacable but rosicky isn’t. Tie him down i say…

Harsh

He is not holding the club to ransom. He is getting old and he wants more money. Cu
Lb can’t afford to give it to him. Fine, he will play for the club till the end of the contract, and then leave. Simple as that, there are no bad feelings here, just a disagreement of interests. No reason this will ruin the relationship or commitment of sagma toward the club

muchadoaboutnot

Quite true. It’s strictly business period.

In vain.

That’s a bleak ‘sentiment’, though perhaps if the difference wasn’t huge he’d stay.

rod

unless of course he stand to make £3mill on the 1st of June all he has to do is be fit on the day of signing, he’s human that must effect the way he’ll play

Redcurrant Wonder

Let’s keep some perspective here.

We’re talking about a 31 year old, multi millionaire footballer who wants a final pay day and what Arsenal are offering isn’t enough. There’s speculation that other clubs (with more advantageous tax allowances) are circling with the prospect of 3 and 4 year deals with a pay increase and a signing on bonus. Just for shits and giggles, a 4 year contract on £80K per week before tax (although excluding bonuses and signing on fees) equates to £16.6m.

Honestly, as much as I love him (and would like him to stay for another couple of years), he has shown some vulnerabilities in recent times so personally, I don’t think it would be good business for Arsenal to give such a long contract given that he’d be a 33-35 year veteran come the end of his deal. Spend that money on some fresh talent and let’s move forward.

New guy

I agree, a 4 year deal at £4m probably isn’t good business (for the club, anyway). But I’ll still be sad if he goes. Unless he leaves in June as a recent winner of the treble – that would take some of the sting out of it.

_

Maybe 4y@80 is too much, but the figures thrown around were 2y@65, and I really see no reason as why to NOT offer him at least 3y@75, I think he would also be very valuable for the development of the younger players. From this point of view, I could easily justify even 4y. The last thing is that even for your 16.5m the club will have huge difficulties in finding a suitable replacement.

Davy Jones

Letting him go for free, means we need to spend big on a replacement. Jenkinson is not ready to take over yet, but if we keep Sagna on another 2- 3 years, then Jenninson will be ready, and the increase in Sagna wage will probably not be as high as the cost of buying a New player in this posiion at the same lvl as Sagna. Especially not when we are also looking to buy another midfieoder and a striker aswell.

And what is good business for Arsenal should not be something Arsenal fans worry about. I would rather do bad business and overpay for some good players and win some titles with red numbers in the accounting books. Better that than looking for bargains, and worry about making money more than winning titles.

Joe

How frustrating. I guess we’ve gotta look forward and look into a suitable replacement. I like Jenkinson, but is he up for the challenge of first team football?

Chair

Not even close and I’m starting to have doubts he ever will be.

Joe

People said that about Ramsey though

I miss Bergkamp

We also have Bellerin out on loan and he is doing well according to all I can find.

godonner

Loyal servant like sagna should get what he wants and deserves

Redcurrant Wonder

As much as we hate to admit it, Arsenal Football Club is a business, and not a charity or resting place for aged footballers. I admire the sentiment, but can’t agree with you.

I miss Bergkamp

Big difference between what he wants and what he deserves. I am all for keeping him, but to expect him to be worth MORE going forward than he is now is financial folly. If he wants a big pay day I do not hold it against him. However I don’t think we should break the wage structure for him.

arsesicky

maybe, just maybe, what he wants is to return to France and finish out his career in his own country?

goonernim

This would be devastating. Im sure there are better attacking right-backs out there but he has been the bright spot in what has been a typically fragile back 4 over the last 7 years. Reliable and solid and will be very missed! Perhaps if we finally come up with a song for him, he might be persuaded to reconsider!!!

GreekTragedy

Maye for the best, he’ll be 31 next season and you need to be probably the fittest players on the team being Arsenal full backs. Cut back on a high earner so wenger can find another gem from ligue 2.

Richie

I love Bac but I guess when it’s time to go it’s time to go. I wonder if Arsene will sign or place some faith on Jenks?

Harsh

Even if Wenger places faith on Jenkinson, he will need a backup, unless someone from the youth setup suddenly turns up

Daniel

Bellerin perhaps.

Maniac

He’s one of our key men in defence and I really think the club should pay him what he wants on a 2 year deal, especially considering he’s able to play anywhere in defence. I know we have Jenkinson who can fill in at RB but Sagna is undoubtably one of the best right backs in the league so keeping him should be one of Arsene’s top concerns.

Monkey knees

Jenkinson isn’t ready to step up. Just yet. Debuchy, anyone?

AP

No. I think with Wilshere we have as much petulance as we can afford.

GUN

Coleman

das pauly bear

Thanks sagna and good luck sir wish ye werent going .

Coleman please !

Amusa

The club should have learned their lessons.
Letting players like Gilberto, go as soon as they turned/crossed 30 and dismantling the invincibles too soon has been, a big reason for our undoing in the past.
Players are fitter then ever before. Look at players like evra,who I think is 34-35 has just began to lose his mojo.
And can’t believe its not a money issue. Shame we are reluctant to offer 10/20k pounds a week more to keep, one of the best right Backs in the world.

anthony arsenal

Noooooo he is the best right back ever true gunner!!!! SAGNA

rayafc

I don’t know about the best ever.

superanderslimpar

Not as good as Lauren.Fact.

oparsenal

Shame to read this, but not surprising. I hppe he gets his big payday, and a Ligue 1 trophy as well.

Wish he’d stay, but fair winds & following seas if he won’t.

Matt

“Arseblog News has learned…”

You know I trust ya, blogs, but care to site a source? Kind of irresponsible reporting otherwise.

Matt

*cite

Kind of irresponsible spelling there on my part

Mental Strength

I believe this. When I had met Blogs few years ago, he said Song was leaving and I didn’t believe him. But his sources are good indeed. (And it was way before it actually came up in the news that he was leaving)

mrarsenal3

Who do we think would be the most likely replacement? Richards from Man City? Or somebody else?

Alan_Alan_Sunderland

This ‘issue’ Wenger seems to have with players over 30 is an annoyance.It is as if he saw the film ‘Logans Run’ at an impressionable age.

smh

Perhaps Wenger has someone else in his mind to bring in over the summer. Possibly he’s seen a hint of decline. Maybe it really is just an issue of not wanting to pay more money as documented here. We all know Wenger’s frugality. Regardless, at the end of the day, managing football club has become a business, and sentiment, as much as it still carries some importance, is secondary to what manager thinks is the best for the club.

More reasons for us to win a silverware or two this season: (1) Because we are Arsenal FC and simply it’s about time that we win something and (2) if Sagna is to leave, I want to see him leave us on the best terms possible with a medal or two, since his service to our club in his position has been nothing short of legendary and probably the most consistent despite missing games due to his injuries.

fabreboue

Fuck this.

Baz

Superb RB and can provide excellent cover as a CB, daft to let him go

Marly Belfast

Not good news, Jenkinson not ready IMO…..would take Seamus Coleman

Gandalf

Noooooooo!

Let’s hope he can win something with us before he leaves. 🙁

Indonesian Gooner

To those who doubt Blogs’s credibility: I don’t remember a single instance where he’s got it wrong with news of any kind.

Raj

I’m still waiting for McCringleberry to arrive. Promises were made Arseblog.

koscielny's pocket

Why not just give him what he demands? He’s a very importamt piece to the club, and it’s not easy to look for a replacement.

Miranda

Maybe it’s not only about money. He could just fancy a change of scenery. He mentioned a while back that he’s the last one of the generation of Cesc, Clichy, Van Persie, etc. still remaining, so it wouldn’t be that strange if he feels a new club in a different country (Paris, Italy, Spain?) would be interesting for the final years of his career.

Very sorry to lose him. He’s been one of my favourites since he arrived. But I do think the club are right not to offer him a ridiculous contract – too much money, too many years – just to keep him if his heart is set on a new challenge.

Cliff Thorburn

Anus x a million. This is shit, and you should have slapped your source senseless for being the bearer of bad tidings.

ghanagunner

If he thinks its time to go. I don’t think we can begrudge him. Its like when Henry was living. No hard feelings.
If he is convinced then I guess we have to focus on getting either Seamus Coleman or Debuchy..but if we are to go be wenger’s record nobody can predict who will come

ghanagunner

*henry was leaving*

Dergunner

Sagna leaving would be a massive blow, but right now I just wish we can win trophies this season before he leaves. He deserves it.

rellends

it will be criminal if we let him go for nothing. he has been one of our most consistent performers this season. no doubt we will be offering diaby a new contract when his expires.

Al Gilmore

I too believe we should try hard to keep him. He’s fit and has had a great season and I would be inclined to offer him up to a 3 year deal. But there will always have to be a line in the sand and, as the piece says, if he is getting offered ‘silly money’ elsewhere there comes a point when you have to say ‘ok, we can’t match that’. Without knowing the intimate details I.e how much it would take to keep him – then we can’t really criticise the club or player. It is also amazing how quickly a player’s legs can go. Just look at Arteta this season or indeed Evra at Utd – a shadow of the player he was only a season or so ago.

Mesut Aussie

Spot on. From a fans perspective it’s simple. But the devil’s in the details. It’s sad to lose one of your hero’s but that’s professional football. Arsene’s not stupid. He knows that Sagna has many strings to his bow: Great defensive stability at right back, a wealth of experience, a warriors ethic, and of extreme importance is his ability to cover at centre back where we are light particularly with the TV situation.

The lost sleeves of Mathieu Flamini
The lost sleeves of Mathieu Flamini

No more saucy pics of Ludevine Sagna in a Gooners shirt 🙁

He should be given the key to the Emirates for his loyalty when there were other departures, which left him frustrated. Also for that no nonsense header he smashed in against Spurs which sparked the comeback. If he does go, hopefully it’s with a trophy for his services.

SFGiants

NOOO-OOO!! Stay Bacary, stay!

Jack's Right Foot

I think I might cry 🙁 He’s been so good!

Block 98

We have money for Kallstrom, J.Campbell, Park, Wellington Silva but we can’t find extra 20-30k for best RB in the premiership.
What the f*ck Mr. Wenger?

Grimamdi

Coleman would be ideal. An attacking right back would suit our system perfectly. Sometimes Sagna attacking side of his game lets him down in my opinion. Good defensively tho and aerially which will be missed. Also versatility to cover cb will be lost

Pennant's forgotten Porsche
Pennant's forgotten Porsche

This guy deserves a PL title, it would be the perfect send off for a loyal servant. (Hopefully doesn’t go to another English club…)

kevm1988

This is unfortunate news, as mentioned above, it seems a recurring theme that we seem to let players go when they cross the 30 mark, even though they still have a lot to offer the club.

On the other hand, from Sagna’s point of view, he has one last chance of a “big contract” – so fair play to him, he’s done us no wrong, been a good servant and would leave on good terms; unlike some in the past (one in particular who we play tonight ** cough ** Dutch Skunk ** cough **).

Regardless of whatever his decision may be, I wish him well and hope the Arsenal faithful do too…

Vescucci

Real shame but I don’t understand it from a financial point of view either. How is it cheaper for us to splash out to get someone of his quality in as replacement rather than just increase his salary for the next two years after which we can worry about replacing him. Sagna is very fit and he’s still good for two years at least. If that cunt Ashley Cole can do it…..

Strevs

Best right back of the past 8years? I think so! He’s been one stand out, dedicated player. if he is to leave, I hope he has a trophy of some sort to show for his efforts at the end of the season.

In Soviet Russia, WENGA sacks YOU
In Soviet Russia, WENGA sacks YOU

Huge mistake! He’s proven his worth and buying a new RB (sorry but Jenkinson is far from ready to replace him) would cost us in the transfer market. That’s if he’s good enough and doesn’t take time to get used to the league/the club!

Stability FFS!

Thierry Bergkamp

Been Mr reliable throughout the years. Good luck to him whatever he chooses.. As long as it’s not a rival

2013-2014 = 2003-2004
2013-2014 = 2003-2004

Bacary Sagna is an Arsenal legend. He works his nuts off every day despite being underpaid at £60k-a-week while Samir Na$ri and Robin Van Cuntflaps go fuck off to earn triple/quadruple that. A few years ago Sagna even turned down £120k-a-week from Man $hitty to stay here.

Sure he’ll be 31 soon but he’s as fit as they get and can play at centrehalf too.

May I ask… WHY are our ticket prices going up again for the 2014-2015 season? WHERE is all that extra money going? WHO do we need to buy in the summer to replace Sagna quality-wise and HOW much will that cost?

I’m not an accountant but think he’s worth a 3-year extension at £90k-a-week, which is still less than PSG rumoured to offer him but enough to convince him to stay.

Penis

An absolute rock and anchor at right back.

He deserves a juicy (tax free) 6 figure deal in sunny Monaco. It’s gonna be speedboats and champagne and caviar for him come summer.

Cannonfodder

One of our most consistent players ever since he joined. Will be a big miss if he goes. At his age you can’t blame him for wanting the best deal he can get for what will likely be his last contract. He’s shown more loyalty than a few others who have gone before him that’s for sure.

Mark

Absolutely pathetic by the club – how can we let one of our most consistent and long-serving defenders leave. The amount we spend trying to bring in a right back, because lets face it as much as I like Jenks he is not first team material yet, would be enough to spend on Sagna.

Very upset by this.

ack ack ack

LEGEND

GoonerGooner

Song for Sagna-
I want you Bac, I want you Bac, I want you Bac for good, whatever Wenger did, whatever Wenger said he didn’t mean it, I want you Bac for good.

Mark

I for one will be singing his name at the game tonight!!!

GunnAlex

I agree with Block 98. The penny pinching gets sooo annoying. The extra money wouldn’t even be a gamble, he’s soo proven to us it’s just rediculous.

WizardOfOzil

If Sagna is off that means we’ll likely need two defensive additions in the summer, unless there’s a plan to promote from youth. I can understand Wenger being reluctant to hand a long-term contract to a 31 y/o rb considering the amount of energy required to play that position, but what really made Sagna invaluable was his ability to slot in at centre-back where he’s always played exceptionally well for us. I would have thought Wenger might have bought a fresh dynamic rb and used Sagna as cover at cb. Not to be it seems, it’s a shame.

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