Sagna confirms Arsenal departure

Sagna confirms Arsenal departure

Bacary Sagna has finally gone on record to confirm that he’ll be leaving Arsenal this summer.

While the French international maintains that he’s not yet made up his mind where he’ll be heading next it looks almost certain that he’ll be playing for Manchester City when he returns from World Cup duty.

Speaking to L’Equipe the 31-year-old revealed that his seven-year tenure at the Emirates is over despite Arsene Wenger’s attempts to keep him on the books.

“It is no longer a secret, I am leaving Arsenal, it is a certainty. Arsenal made an effort [to keep me], but the discussions did not go in the direction that I wanted.

“It was an honour to grow in the shirt,” he said of his time sporting the red and white shirt.

“Arsenal is a club that brought me a lot, both as a person and as a sportsman. Even though we had been criticised for quite some time due to the lack of trophies, I spent some magical moments [at the Emirates]. If I had to do, I’d do it again.”

On the subject of his future he added: “There are a lot of calls, a lot of speculation. Frankly, it gives me a headache. I’ll sort it all out before the start of the World Cup.”

So that’s that then. The search for a replacement continues.

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    • Definitely. I cant stand seeing him in any shirt other than our beloved red and white in England.
      Adios bac…Please oh please dont walk in the wake of cunts like Clichy and Nasri!

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    • Good luck picking those splinters out ya arse!!

      All about the money which I cant blame him for, earn as much as you can while you can.

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    • Exact transcription of my thoughts. I don’t care how much he wanted, we should have paid it and kept him.

      Since I started following this team, this is the decision that makes me the most upset (with selling Cesc and RVP as the next two, but I’m the type of person who contends that we should hold people to their contracts and if they don’t like it they can suck a fat one).

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        • That bit in the parentheses was what’s called an “aside” in common parlance.

          I had already indicated that in the case of Sagna I would like to have signed him to a new contract at whatever terms he deemed appropriate. The idea of holding people to their contracts was applicable to the other players who I think we ought to have kept.

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  1. I think hes making a biggest mistake as we r about to b winning things but good luck to him in all honestly

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    • if you actually think that when a player talks about joining a team in order to win tropihes, they actually are motivated by winning trophies, well… I don’t know what to tell you

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    • Yes, Arsenal might win trophies. But football players have a short career-span and when they are 30+, they want to make as much as they can before retiring. So you can’t really blame him for his decisions. After all, to the fans trophies might be everything, but as a professional football player he has to also consider his personal growth and also what’s best for his family.

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      • Sorry, but I just don’t accept this as fair. I understand it, and won’t begrudge Sagna his move, but I certainly won’t be cheering him back as he turns out for City next year as I would have done had he gone abroad. He’s been earning 30k, 50k, 70k, however much a week for 7 years here, supposedly tabled an 80k a week 3 year deal.. That’s over 12 million quid, and I’m sure he wasn’t exactly flirting with the poverty line before we signed him. How much money does one man need to support a bloody family. Really don’t think we can blame Arsenal, and if I was Wenger and had the choice between paying a 34 year old 80k a week or putting the money towards a young and potentially better replacement, I’d go down that road every time.

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        • And don’t take this as me slating Sagna, been my favourite player since he arrived and is the best right back I’ve seen at the club. Just don’t think it’s fair to blame one party when we’d have had to put him on the same wage packet as Ozil to keep him. He’d made his mind up about what he wanted to do long before negotiations started.

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        • If anything is to blame, it is the insane amounts of money sloshing around in football these days.

          Agree about the amounts of cash, but out of contract he can get a signing on bonus that adds another 5-10 million to what we offered.

          As people say, if you were offered double your current salary for the same job elsewhere, would you/could you turn it down?

          I don’t like it, but understand it. Its about taking 3 years and not only securing his future, but that of his kids, and their kids. Hard to turn down.

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    • Probably feels he needs a new challenge and at 31 this could be the last big move he makes. A loyal soldier and I’m very happy he got to lift a trophy. Good luck wherever you go mate.

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  2. I think that was the least surprising bit of surprise since playing Phil Collins caused Jack Nicholson to lose his mind in “The Shining”.

    Thanks for everything. Hope you have some nice stories to share with Clichy at City. Bring on Aurier or whoever for that RB spot!

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  3. Have fun wasting away on the bench at Man City. Could have been a legend. Ah well, on to Serge Aurier then.

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  4. Crap. The current squad if Fabianski and Sagna had stayed would only need 2-3 more players. But counting departures we could need up to 5-6 players to make sure we strengthen the depth and quality of the squad. I can’t see Arsene buying 6 players. He DID buy 5 back in 2000 or 2001.

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    • Arsene will need to break his own rule of only buying “2-3″ players, he even said that about this summer’s transfer window. If he is willing to do that, who knows. But one feels it is necessary for us to compete and go further next season.

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      • Seriously, what is this obsession with a DM? Surely we have enough players for that position and Arteta statistically is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe…

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        • Yes, but statistically he’s coming to the end of his career. You could see he doesn’t quite have the energy reserves to play in the big games or against particularly spry opposition, if the4y come close together at least. Given that Flamini is no spring chicken either, it’s something we need to deal with sooner rather than later; we may get away with it next season, especially if Jack comes good and the rest of the team is functioning well but it’s something we should look at.

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        • I do get the point where Wenger will try a two number 6’s formation in the future and eliminate the need for a specific DM.

          Play both Ramsey and Wilshere together, Özil as the point of attack and a mix of Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud and –insert new striker here — in front.

          Jack and Aaron have the skills to make it work, its whether they can develop the discipline and partnership to go with it.

          Not forgetting we still have Arteta and Flamini to slot in there as needed. OK for the next couple of seasons at least.

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    • Yes but what is most important and can be most disruptive is how many starters does he need to buy and expect to make an immediate impact. Currently I’d say 1 or 2 prior to our departures and now Sagna makes it 2-3 if we don’t consider Jenkinson and Bellerin battling it out for the position viable (which probably is not at this point). It is less disruptive to buy the backup positions as A they cost less and B they have more time to adjust to the league and, more importantly, style and philosophy of play at Arsenal. We may opt to hold on to TV5 and likely Podolski. Will presumably have a fit again Wilshire, Chamberlain, and Walcott by start of next season (who knows what is in store for Diaby, we can only count him as an added bonus should he stay fit for play). So thus I would say the real key is finding immediate impacts at ST and RB. Then finding solid backups at CB (maybe 2) and GK (maybe 2). I think this is totally doable for Arsene this summer. The WC2014 obviously creates an disruption, but I suspect business should be handled well enough. Also, I’m also of the nature that when truly amazing talent becomes available, you take it even if it is not a pressing need, as it so rarely happens. Thus, if (and I personally doubt Barca have any intention of selling) Cesc was actually on the market, we should snap him up without hesitation. Also considering if he were to move, and not to Arsenal, the rumor mill is it would be a PL rival. So getting the exceptional talent and preventing a rival from getting that talent is a double benefit even if it is not a necessity. At least that is my perspective on it.

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  5. Kinda sucks but excited to see who Wenger finds next. Dixon, Lauren and Bacary have all done him proud so who’s next?! I’ll remember you fondly Bac and hope your future career is blighted by heart ache and regret. In a nice way.

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    • I think he means the prime years of his footballing career, despite the lack of trophies. This is a sign, as much as anything, that he is going for the money and not for personal growth as he feels that he has grown all that he could at Arsenal.

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  6. Another world class talent gone.. Thought he would do a Theo and stay. Merci monsieur. Bon chance.. Just dont go to the Mancs

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  7. “Discussion did not go the direction I wanted” more like they didn’t give me ozil level pay. Thanks for the service tho

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  8. If hes so keen to do it again, why doesn’t he?

    Anyway. This isn’t a disaster, as long as we use the money saved to properly invest in a long term replacement.

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  9. Nice little quote there about his tenure. I hope he comes out with something a little more formal and official but definitely a respectful send off.

    Please don’t turn into a cunt.

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  10. And that effects us in what way, he has said it before that he is leaving, we all know that he is leaving so why do we keep hearing it over and over again, what should be news is that we have signed an able replacement one much better than the one we lost

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  11. Greek Tragedy makes a great point, we have a tradition of absolutely class, long-serving players at RB under Arsene.

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  12. Quite. I wish they’d be straight about it. ‘My contract is over and I will earn loads more at City do I’m going there’.
    And theres nothing wrong with that.

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  13. Jenkinson will the next best long serving RB at this great club. That boy deserves a fair shot at first team.

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  14. “but the discussions did not go in the direction that I wanted”

    this quote actually makes me a bit angry. Could have been a legend, gotten a testemonial, been in the history books. But at the end of the day money is more important him Sagna aswell it seems

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    • That’s how I read that too. Hard to see that he’s talking about anything but money here. Hardly like we’ve refused to ley him play every third game in goal.

      I thought he might have been one if the good ones who cared about more than the dosh. Would have had more respect if he’d gone down the line of ‘different challenge’ ‘something new’ or even ‘desire to win stuff’ but plain old greed it appears it is. Disappointed.

      But either way, he’s been a great servant, as professional as they come and the goal against sp*rz will live on in gooner folk lore forever. Good luck Bac.

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      • What an arduous task it must be, trying to scrape by on 80k per week. My heart goes out to him and his family. Seriously though, when we talk ourselves into thinking that professional athletes will show any degree of loyalty to a club, we are only deluding ourselves. There are some, but they are the exception rather than the rule. I’d just prefer that they be honest about it.

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      • Greg, don’t begrudge a man’s ability to earn a lot more $$ than you do. You probably leave in a first world country with a pay package 100 times more than someone living in 3rd world scenario. But does that take away your right to earn a higher pay package?

        Nope. You live in a different world and Bac lives in one different from yours.

        I like the fact that Bac says it is just about $$. No sugar coating BS about some little C*unt living inside.

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    • A few years ago Sagna turned down lucrative offers from Chelsea and Madrid to stay at Arsenal out of loyalty. Which effectively means he’s been severely under-paid for years now .

      Can’t blame him for wanting to get paid his ‘market value’ for his last big contract. Especially because Sagna’s probably not coaching material (too nice of a guy & too reserved) therefore the money he’s got at 35 or 36 has to last the rest of his life.

      Why couldn’t you bridge the gap between £80k-a-week (Arsenal) and £120k-a-week ($ity) Arsene? Multiplied by three years the difference is only £6 million… replacing him will cost you way more money.

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  15. Nobody is bigger than the club. Thanks for the memories but you will be replaced my son!

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  16. Thank you Bac!! You were a great savant of the club and you’ll always have a home here with us

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  17. If he goes to any other English club I’ll be gutted he’ll be no RVP or Nasri but he will be a Clichy and ruin his Arsenal history.

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    • I wholeheartedly disagree. A lot of how you feel about the player stems from what they meant to you while they were there and the manner of their departure. Sagna is as professional a player as I can ever hope to have at my Club and he stayed silent on his future when he thought it was important to be, and honest when he spoke. He can go to City; I won’t like it, but I won’t blame him. And I ceartainly won’t hate him for it. I garbaged my RvP shirt (the cunt), my Cesc shirt has been in a storage locker since he officially left (hurt too much but I still would cheer for him on his return – regardless what shirt he wears), but Bac, I would wear his shirt till the numbers and name peel off. I just know he will never say the wrong thing about Arsenal.

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  18. Now is the time for Wenger to decide if Carl Jenkinson is ready and good enough to replace Sagna or if he needs to buy a replacement. I was worried when Gaël Clichy left and it took a while for Gibbs to grow in to the role but most will agree that Gibbs has done that now, bar a few injury periods. Even if Wenger promotes Jenkinson, he will have to decide whether we have good enough backup or need to buy someone to challenge Jenkinson.

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    • I hope to be wrong but I have this strong feelings that Jenkinson will be promoted and Bellerin will be his backup. I also feel that Damien Martinez may be promoted. I do hope that we get Aurier. Three young and promising right backs is not bad. Looking at the Math side of things, Bac on 3 years at 120K per week will cost Arsenal 18.7m pounds. We can sign Aurier for 7-8m on a 4-year contract and pay like 50-60k per week. All this will cost between 17.4m to 20.4m. All things being equal, the value of Aurier will only appreciate while Bac’s value will depreciate. It makes sense on paper with the exception that you can’t put price on experience. Adios Bac, the true soldier

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      • I’ve got no problem with Jenkinson and Bellerin being promoted to RB #1 and #2. We all know Jenks has quality, and Hector Bellerin has been dubbed ‘The next Dani Alves’.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8jDppxPZHM

        Just wished Sagna stayed and replaced Vermalen as our #3 centre-back.

        As for this Serge Aurier guy, I like him a lot but I think Arsene could convert him to be the Defensive Midfielder with ‘physical presence’ we need. Much cheaper than shelling out £40mm for Javi Martinez.

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  19. At 31, his best days as a full back are behind him. His career has peaked. He will now get slower, cover less ground per game and become more injury prone.

    Paying what he was asking for (and what Manchester City are foolish enough to agree to) does not represent good value for money.

    Goodbye Sagna – I hope you never win anything again while Arsenal become the top team in England once more.

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    • Which is important. NO one should begrudge him that.

      Spent the better part of 7 seasons with us, never questionable in commitment.

      It’s his last chance to cash in on a big move before retirement. It will be churlish to deny him that.

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  20. Well done Bac, deserves to do as he pleases after being such a loyal player! Although I do truly hope it takes a big bucks payday at someone outside the uk like Monaco…

    That said this is the best for the club, personally I was hoping he’d leave so we could bring in another and my hope is that Le Prof goes after Piszczek of Dortmund

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  21. Theres so much negativity on his instagram page.
    I dont know why. He doesnt deserve that kind of treatment after all these years.

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    • Unfortunately social media has really empowered stalkers, pedos, and the mentally unbalanced.

      Troll is far, far too kind a word.

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  22. Goodbye, you’ve served us honorably and done the badge proud. I wish you well, as long as you’re well being does not take away from arsenals.

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  23. I hope he don’t go to city!! We’re like a city feeder club and it’s annoying! Great player shame he didn’t stay could have been an arsenal legend but good luck in the future, just not at city please :(

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  24. If he decides to join Man Shitty he’s just another greedy bastard. Sorry Bac, that ain’t happiness.

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  25. Loving the comments above, Bacary’s been savage for us down the years. And except for whoever plays in the right back position for the Arsenal next year, he’ll still be the best right back around

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  26. Well done lads and lassess, it’s good to see the positivity here. I do wish it was a continental destination, or perhaps he can follow Fab to Swansea? lol

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  27. Good luck Sagna. been great having him and will never forget him clawing us back from the abyss against the Spuds.

    Our requirements stay the same. Replacements for Sagna, Fabianski and likely Vermaelen.

    Any fanciful addition will likely be restricted to a striker.

    Feel like the target spend is 60m but naturally Wenger will aim to come under the mark.

    25-30m for the striker IMO.

    Up to 15m for RB

    Up to 10m for Cback

    Up to 5m for back up keeper (if at all)

    Considering RB has been so solid, we should aim to bring someone in if possible with good experience. if Seamus Coleman comes in at less than 15m, he is worth the extra dosh.

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    • Never been convinced about Coleman defensively, decent going forward but I’d rather have Jenks at RB with more potential to grow and less of an end-product, but more solid.

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  28. He’s been signed by Man City to bake Yaya Toure a birthday cake. They’ve got a right back already haven’t they?

    At least we’ll now be able to put a left back in a shirt with 3 on the back and a right back at number 2. That had been bugging me for about 7 years.

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  29. Wherever he goes….he’ll always be remembered in the future as Arsenal right back and FA Cup winner, Bacary Sagna.

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  30. the exodus continues…adios sagna,thank you for 7 years of faithful service…I’m guessing M.debuchy would be his replacement

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  31. Some of the comments here are mind boggling. Bac has done nothing but give 100% to the club and us fans. I can’t find fault in anything he’s said or done since he joined us and can’t fathom the the thinking behind comments like breaking his leg again irrespective of where he goes. At the end of the day this is a career for these guys and as with any career you do what is best for yourself in the long run. Good luck to him if he finds someone willing to fund a nest egg. Which one of you naysayers wouldn’t do the same in all honesty? Thanks for the sterling job you’ve done Bac and all the best for your future wherever that may be. You will be missed.

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  32. Really disappointed. Is it too much to ask that he show loyalty and ambition and take the 5m a year from Arsenal rather than sit on the bench for 7m a year at City? I mean I’ve made those numbers up but how much do you need? Don’t understand why most people think it’s fair enough and you just can’t compare it to the equivalent increase being offered to someone in a ‘normal’ job. He’s already a very wealthy man.

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  33. The only reason players don’t come out and say they are going somewhere to get paid more is cuz they know that makes them look like a cunt. I’m not saying Bac is a cunt. The people that assume he is leaving for the money is making an assumption so any player who leaves in such fashion is doomed either way. I hate when players say it’s their last big contract. If you make 60k a week ask anyone in the world to change places with you and they would. He’s been playing professional football for how long making millions a year and he needs one last big contract to survive?

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  34. Has everyone forgotten Jenkinson? The boys got potential and with a decent run in the team, can show off that potential.

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  35. I honestly think he’s got a better chance of winning a trophy at Arsenal next season than anywhere else. It’s bizarre in one way that after years of fruitless dedication he decides to leave when we look in a better position than ever before (OK, in the past few seasons) to furnish him with even more winner’s medals, but I can also see how leaving with the FA Cup final as his last game might seem a fitting end for him at the club. Whether it’s more money, a new challenge, or for whatever other reason, he’s done enough for Arsenal and always treated the club with enough respect for us to extend him the same courtesy. Good luck wherever he goes and it’s now time for Corporal Jenkinson to report for duty!

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    • I’ll wait till Robbie Savage tells me we’re going to finish outside the top four before making any judgement on whether we’ll win anything, he gets paid for his opinion so it must matter more, right?

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  36. Favourite Bac moment must be goal v spuds. Sad to see him go but no way can wish him well in a shitty shirt. Welcome to prostitution Bac!

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  37. Goodbye and good luck, Bacary. You were a fantastic right back for us. I wish you’d stayed and retired with us, but it was not to be. You’ll be missed.

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  38. Sorry to offend the jaywalkers and oasis pimps. Just keep that bench warm Sac shame you was sucked in so easily and guys dont tell me he deserves a big pay off. Thats life no loyalty anymore it would not of made financial problems for the rich guy to play where he is loved. Reality is its a one finger up gesture to us as he heads to the pimp.

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  39. Wish him well, it’s a shame he’s leaving as our defence has improved in last few seasons and Sagna played a big part in that. I can understand much of the sentiment as he’s been a bit of stalwart in the Emirates era. However in the cold light of day I wont be losing any sleep as it shouldn’t be that hard to find a capable replacement. If anything the two right backs before Bacary, Lauren and Dixon were slightly better so no need to panic fellow gooners.

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  40. But he is still a whore. We cannot slag off cashley, na$ri and adebuyawhore and accept another gooner selling himself off. Why wish him luck playing for cunts?

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    • Mate, calm down. That’s three really angry comments on here now about a player who’s done nothing but try his best for the club for seven years. Even if you don’t share that viewpoint, which your quite entitled to do, there’s no point getting all angry and childish about it. He’s gone, we’ve got Jenks, it’ll all be okay.

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    • Dude, he finished his contract. How can you slate someone who finished his 7 years contract, of disloyalty?

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      • Not to mention the lack of any bollocks around it, it’s looked like he’s been going for ages and I think Arsene knew that he was probably off too so there was none of the ‘I want to win lots of trophies here and I love Arsneal, honest’ crap before buggering off.

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      • Come on. Running down his contract so we get £0 for him while he gets a nice, juicy signing on fee is not loyalty to Arsenal.

        He was a good player for us who gave 100% for the shirt while under contract – but let’s not delude ourselves that he cares about Arsenal. He will have no feelings whatsoever for us as he’s busting a gut to clear a Walcott shot off the line for Man City and deny us victory over them.

        It’s over, he’s gone, move on. Wishing him well in a sporting sense now is tantamount to giving support to a rival already on financial steroids. Nothing personal, but presuming he stays in this country, I sincerely hope his FA cup medal is the only honour he wins in his career and that we replace him with someone younger, faster, harder and better.

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  41. For all the “do you blame” him comments, the “short career gotta make as much as possible” defences for him to go to city, a rival of the team he quotes as loving, and I like bacary and all, but he’s already made millions and millions. He will never be hungry, never have trouble paying his rent, and easily retire in the south of France, that glorious place where none of us can afford retiring. I am slighted, I understand wanting to make more money, but there is little need to defend and glorify it

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  42. Good luck to Sagna. He was a terrific player for us, but like I’ve said before I’m not too bothered he’s going. At 31 he didn’t have that many good years left in him, anyway. He wanted stupid money and the club were right to say no.

    Strange that there’s still no news about Wenger’s new contract. It’s only a couple of weeks until the World Cup – where Our Glorious Leader will be attending as a French TV pundit – and yet pen still hasn’t been put to paper. How queer.

    I wonder who’s gonna buy the six quality players who we’ll need urgently? Maybe Le Prof is using the World Cup as a scouting mission. Not a clever move if that’s true: prices are bound to shoot up after the tournament. And the one thing he doesn’t like is paying over the odds for a player.

    Strange times, aren’t they?

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    • Relax Fat Gooner were not even into June yet. Still two weeks until the world cup yet so I’m sure there will be an announcement regarding his contract soon.

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  43. I’ll wish him well & respect his decision far more if he goes abroad to somewhere like PSG or Monaco rather than for a direct Premier League rival!

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  44. Not gonna get into how much I admire him as a player and how much I appreciate his consistency and dedication in the 7 years he’s played for us. It’s all been said already. We all know he’s great. However, I think footballers should be a bit more realistic: “Arsenal is a club that brought me a lot”. Is 21.84 million pounds worth in wages not enough for you Bac? Sorry I find it hard to relate to the financial problems these people seem to have. No human needs anywhere near that amount of money in their lives.

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    • He needs to take into account that there are probably thousands of fans who live like shit at home because they spend so much on supporting the club and they are the reason it exists. These fans sacrifice a lot in their lives, not just extortionate amounts of money.

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  45. Sagna decision to leave have a lot to do with financial reasons. He’s already 31 and he have a good family to look after. While it is still possible he will grab the opportunity to earn over 100K per week. Professional footballers typically retire at the age of 33-35. At a minimum he still have 3 years to go. After which, the likeliness of earning wages like that will surely be almost non-existent. So grab that chance, even it if meant sitting on the bench. Save those money. Invest wisely and then retire.

    And this NOT STUPID money, money is money. He is a professional. I can respect him for that. He has already given Arsenal 7 years of his best.

    All in all, Thank You Bac – you will not be forgotten.

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    • Nah, it is stupid money.

      You can earn enough in a year to put in a nice bank account and live comfortably, very comfortably, off the interest.

      Can’t blame him for wanting more, but it IS stupid money.

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  46. And there you go, defending old cash strapped bacary, ooooh he’s only got 2-3 years left before retirement at 33-34! He hasn’t made enough to stay with the team that made him. Jeez! You know there’s a good chance you will not make as much as he has in your entire life.

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  47. Thanks for the years of service but seriously- if the guy’s off to City, why is everyone being so gracious about it? Makes me feel sick- and no- our club can’t just match city’s wages for 31 year old right backs because that way madness lies. Fuck City

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    • Gracious towards Sagna, still hate City.

      Sure, nice football and better fans than Chelsea/Liverpool/United, but still helped usher in the death of football and the birth of bankball.

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  48. We needed to look at replacing him soon anyway just forced our hand sanga would have known that at his age replacements would’ve been looked at so fair play to him can’t help feeling bitter if he joins city. Good can come from this I think it’s down to arsene now to decide if Jenkins cuts it or not. Personally I’m on the fence with him he’s shown great glimpses an obvious complacenties, but with our current British lads I want to see him at the club, I think it brings great spirit to the team a generation of young lads growing up together might make then all want to stay, it’s a big worry of mine that when Rambo an co grow up a bit more they will be seriously targeted, so I wholeheartedly want him to come through. It’s a risk that might be worth taking to just give him his shot as our main Rb.

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  49. Like it or not (and whether it’s right or not) fans normally look back on players/teams who won a trophy for the club a bit misty eyed and with slightly more fondness than those who didn’t. Monsieur Sagna, thank you…..I don’t think we could’ve asked for any more from you and you leave with my best wishes. If someone offered me double the money for the last few years of my career…..whisper it quietly, I may just consider it too. Now I’ll close my eyes and take myself back to THAT game……THAT headed goal…..and THAT non nonsense, fist clenching celebration. As a smile will spread across my face every time I think about that moment for the rest of my days, I can do nothing but hold you in the highest esteem.

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  50. At his age and asking for the money wanted (you know, from what we read).
    An extra £1.2m a year and £3.6m over a contract must be too great to sniff at.
    Whatever happens, whoever he signs for, at least he’s done it how Deacon Blue spoke about the feller with the boat; with a bit of dignity…
    If he stays in the Prem or not, he stick with a team when he could have at 27/28 engineered a transfer out as we’ve seen far too often at The Grove.
    I say a sad farewell but good luck to a player who has been a tremendous servant and ambassador of the club.

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  51. Gonna miss those ruthless crunching headers he used to put in on the right hand side even if the other chaps head is in the way, those braids must be a left wingers worst nightmare. Not to sad though as I’m kinda fond of Jenkie, gooner through and through!

    Good luck Sagna (unless you’re at city, then maybe I’d have to use the age old saying ‘break a leg’)
    Actually ner don’t, wouldn’t wish that on anyone (apart from John Terry but thats a given). Just score a few own goals. ta.

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  52. I don’t get this whole big pag check stuff. Like he hasn’t already earned and invested more then any average man will ever see in their lifetime that he has in his 7 years with us.

    Anyway goodluck to him. Not a legend but not a cunt either just a good right back who was once an Arsenal player and an FA cup winner. Who needed some more money.

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  53. How. Are. All. You. People. Wishing. This. Man. Well. At. MAN. CHES. TER. CITY. The. Same. Club. Adebayor played for. And. Now. Nasr*. Plays. For. That. Artificially. Buy. Any. Player. They. Want. With. Filthy. Oil. Money. While. Bacary. Sagna. Spouts. Bullshit. When. He. Went. For. Money. His. Legend. Could. Have. Been. Set. In. Stone. He. Can. Go. Fuck. Himself. As. Far. As. I’m. Concerned.

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  54. A professional he is!
    If he goes to the other big boys in England, I don’t mind. Simply he is a professional. And as far as I remember, he never states about love for us, not like some other c**ts.

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  55. Why all these noises about Bac being disloyal? NO, he has given us 7 years and has been very consistent. We should wish him well, his decision is his, and for whatever reasons he wants to move to City for, we don’t care. All we care about is, the Next time we meet City on the pitch, regardless of whichever side Bac’s playing for…..they get a good ass whooping.
    Enough of this sentiments, lets get on and build for next season.

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  56. I am definitely going to need another user name now. If he had moved on to France or somewhere not in England, I might have kept it, but it’s out of the question with him going to City.

    I was thinking of going with Da Oli G Show, or maybe Oli G Rezurection. But should probably choose one based on a retired player instead, so there won’t be any chance of them fucking off to Manchester or Chelsea.

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  57. All this detraction is classless.

    But for those who think otherwise:

    1. I’m pretty sure most people here would do exactly the same as Sagna. In fact, they probably have already … changed jobs primarily for a significant wage increase, that is.

    2. We (Arsenal fans) don’t seem to have a problem with a player coming to us for a higher paycheck, do we? In fact, given the financial restraints some of our rivals are now under and the cash reserves AFC has at its disposal, it’s something substantially in our favour. Someone coming to us for a big, fat, paycheck is a situation we should be encouraging.

    3. It’s not like the circumstances with RVP … Sagna has given his all to the end. There was no whimpering or faux letters to fans. So leave the guy alone.

    4. If it’s City he’s going to – Zabaleta is 29, Bacary is 31 … it’s not like he’s going to be instrumental in anything they do next season. He’s going as backup.

    5. Again if City, he’s going to burn a sizeable hole in their wage bill for a benchwarmer.

    6. You know at some point in the future Sagna is going to lament his decision. There’s retribution enough in that.

    7. We’re going to get another right back of quality … who knows who? Could be much better and have a nice lengthy career with us.

    8. It’s as pointless to moan as anything is in life. But it’s also the opposite of classy.

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  58. Honestly how much money do these pricks really need.
    Surely there must come a time when you would think “I’m sorted for life now, I’ve got millions in the bank,I’ll just enjoy what I’ve got and carry on playing for a club that’s looked after me”
    Selfish fuckers.

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  59. Sure he was an member of Arsenal, He would not gonna join other team in England.
    I reccommend Inter milan cuz Nagatomo seems tobe left this summer.

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