Sagna: I do not think I’ll stay at Arsenal

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Bacary Sagna

Bacary Sagna has more or less confirmed that he’ll be leaving the club in the summer.

The right-back is out of contract in June, and is likely to sign for another club after failing to agree terms with Arsenal. Speaking to europe1.fr, he said, “I am out of contract , as everyone knows. I still consider myself as an Arsenal player at present. But actually we had a small problem to agree [a new deal], and I do not think stay I’ll stay at Arsenal at the end of the season.”

It’s hardly new news, but until now the player himself has remained fairly quiet on the issue. Despite reports to the contrary, Arsenal have offered him an improved deal with an increased salary and a signing on fee, but he has chosen not to sign it, as is his right.

It takes two to tango, and Bac feels like doing the Charleston somewhere else. He’s seen out his contract, and given us 7 great years, so that should be respected.

He also spoke about the season as a whole and believes that the Gunners should have maintained the title challenge longer, even if the injuries to key players played a part.

It is mixed, we started the season very well ” he said. “But we could have done better.

“Injuries have hurt us , especially those of Ramsey, Walcott. At this level , there’s no forgiveness.”

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Aguila

As long as he doesn’t become a super cunt and mouth off after he’s left like so many others have, good luck to him

Skgooner

He has the right to say what he wants after he leaves. If he thinks there were issues at the club he is free to voice his opinion once he has left. I would still respect him and wish him luck for his services.

Just A Gentleman

Speaking on issues is his right, every player has done that. Aguila however is referring to badmouthing Arsenal which isn’t welcome at all.

Anon

It’s as if you think we’re disallowing Sagna the right to voice his opinions.

We’re just voicing our right to hope people we like don’t turn into cunts and exercising our right to dislike people who dislike the club we support.

Joethegunner

So. We can safely presume that the pimped Lambo was bought with the sign-on fee he collected from city?

ArsenalBoy

Will he be respected if he joins city or Chelsea?

Just A Gentleman

Chelsea is a definite NO.

As for City I honestly think they’ll be a split but I don’t think people will really care. Even though they are competition for the title, there isn’t too much rivalry (comparitively to Chelsea) between them and Arsenal. Just like Clichy, some people swore at him, some people wished him the best of luck but at the end nobody really cares.

Nasri’s situation is too different from Sagna’s and Clichy’s before someone brings that up.

non flying dutchman

Frankly I’d have more time for him if he goes ahead and plays every so often at Chelsea… A move to City is utterly ridiculous – Zabaleta is one of the best right backs in the world and Sagna would just be going there to take up Micah Richards place on the bench.

At either club he will not be getting as much playing time as at Arsenal, or if he went to say Inter or Galatasary so sorry but I for one will be reserving the right to lose respect for him if leaves Arsenal but stays in England.

Cody

Not by me.

Eurazian

Of course it would be disappointing – especially if it was Chelsea. But he would have to do a lot of bad shit beyond merely moving there to lose the respect of most Arsenal fans. With all our ups and downs in our years without a title, Sagna has just been getting it done, consistently, at a very high level. Mr Reliable in a team that has often not been very reliable.

non flying dutchman

Don’t entirely agree, injuries means we’ve only really seen this reliability and consistancy in the last two years of the 7. Kinda strikes me he is somewhat leaving the club at his first real opportunity to earn a mlarger pay packet elsewhere. If he heads to another English club then the only real difference for me from the skunk is that van persie let his intentions be known well in advance so that the club could turn a tidy profit on his departure.

Dannyo

if he goes to Citeh he will be the most expensive back up right back in history. So Citeh will continue to try and bend the FFP rules? This summer will be interesting for Citeh, Chelsea and Liverpool if they want to not fall foul of FFP next year.

billybobjojo

Kinda think he should stay as the club stayed by him after both leg breaks

RobM

So if your current employer gives you sick pay, you wouldn’t leave for the company up the road that offered to double your wages? Oh, and also gave you sick pay.

non flying dutchman

Downright daft to compare footballers wages to those of people in the real world.

Even so there’s a reason there are statues of Tony Adams and Dennis Bergkamp outside of the Emirates Even Henry would have turned down many a lucritive deal elsewhere before the camels back was broken as Arsenal sunk in to their austerity years

Malaysian Gooner

Why is it the daft? They’re humans too and want to be paid as much as possible.

Henry is a bad example because he had fallen in love with the club, and more importantly, he was already among the highest paid players in the world (140k p/w in 2006). In fact, I believe Barca didn’t even give him a pay-rise when he joined them.

While I love Sagna, we shouldn’t expect him to stay just because we want him too. There’s no reason for him to do so. He has plenty of offers for more money and in some cases highly chance of winning trophies as well.

He’s come to the stage of his career where he has to start thinking of his retirement fund and I wish him the very best regardless if it’s at the bench at City or starting in Fenerbahce or Galatasaray.

The Ox is a fox

What the fuck! Sounds like that injuries were his faults.

If the club released him after those injuries, the club would lose more than keeping him.
He worked hard to come back fit and performing. That’s his mentality and quality. Money did not heal his bones and did not make him fit and get back to form.

Fans hide behind club’s name to insult ex players. Why don’t fans just shut up and accept that it’s normal life when a player wants to part way with the club.

jack jack jack

And he stood by us all through the bad barren years when everyone else was leaving, gave us the peak years of his career, always gave 100%, never complained to the press, and has been one of the best, most consistent fullbacks in the Premier League era. He owes us nothing but the mutual respect between him and the club, and I’m sure he’ll show that, however this situation turns out.

_

While I agree with almost everything you’ve said, if I remember correctly Bac actually complained to the press around the time when the broken dutchman was sold. I think that and/or the club’s reaction to his public statement may be the reason why he in the end decided to move elsewhere.

Jo

Then we should pay him what he’s asking for.

chaplin35

Would hate to see him wear another premier shirt…

Jack's Right Foot

So would I. If he went to City I would cry. However if we could snatch Zabaleta off of them… I dunno.

Brown

Have a feeling he might go to City; they keep stock piling any good players they can get.

gordy

They’ve got Zabaleta and poor old Micah Richards can’t get a game, but I suppose he’s a millionaire so we shouldn’t feel sorry for him. Why would Sag want to go and not play? To be a millionaire and more. Tony Adams and Denis, we need more like you.

non flying dutchman

City have the audacity to bitch and moan when UEFA lays down the rules on FFP that the club are well aware of, and then shortly thereafter likely pay £90k a week to keep a player on their bench just so a rival doesn’t have them. Its fucking outrageous.

Hope UEFA stick to their guns so that if Sagna does betray us with a move to City, at least we don’t then come across him in the Champions League as a new entrant banned from playing.

locksley444

Whatever shirt he wears, he’ll be our beloved Bac. We’ll just not support him during the game. I would actually like to see arsenal fans cheer him when he returns to the emirates. Give him a round of applause at the start and then show all your love to the club. It’ll make him miss what he had here.

non flying dutchman

That’s what we did for Eboue, and for Eduardo, and for Henry when in a New York Red Bulls shirt… Its bullshit Arsenal fans dont cheer our former players, its just we boo the ones who leave us for our direct rivals.

Sam

Let’s win the FA cup for him! Would hate to see him leave without a trophy!

Rodders1971

“win the FA cup for him”???
Do fuck off,with all due respect.

EDgooner4ever

Seriously? He’s been a model pro for the last 7 years and has put his heart into the club. Wherever he goes I will support and respect him (well maybe not Sp*rs) and wish him luck. He’s earned a big contract somewhere else, and winning the cup will be a great send off!

non flying dutchman

Earnt a big contract somewhere else???

So is Tomas Rosicky just an idiot for staying then?

Momo (@MuhamLAD)

He gave us 7 years of his life. He didn’t force his way out at any point, he respected his contract the entire time. Have some gratitude.

anto

nice 1 rodders

gunner14

You plonker!

Anon

Rodders why are you replying to your own comment

meletios

@Roders1971…with all.due respect mate…piss off..
no proper Arsenal can have anything but respect for him. He has been a model pro all these years and does not owe us shit..
Point to remember is Pod gets 90k but he gets offered what he wants (if at all) at the third time of asking, that too when he is about to leave…if my employer did that after 7 years of service then I will be pissed off mate…but he has been very graceful..so yah he does not owe shit…
I would like him to go outside Premier league but then we should have sold him earlier.

WindyCityArse

Sagna has been a fantastic servant, however how the fook are we in this situation? It’s either that Sagna is a liar & pulled the wool over the clubs eyes by dragging out his contract negotiations or incompetence by the club to let his contract reach this point and let him leave for free.
He should be on the bench for the final along with Fabianski.
Would rather give the experience of a cup final to players that are committed to the cause – Jenko & Chezza.

AP

I believe it is a case of him leading the club along until it was too late to do anything else. What can you do, if your first choice RB perpetually keeps the option open? Go out and buy another player of similar standard for the next couple of years?

Frankie

Good luck to him, we had his best years and now he can go for a payday, and enjoy his retirement,, if he goes to a club abroad I will wish him all the best, but if he goes to another in England, I will wish all the worst.

Young Gooner

Good luck Sagna. What a great service he gave. Really hope that we don’t need to face him on regular basis next season. That would be a nightmare

Jack's Right Foot

*cries*

Good luck Bacary, you’ve been fucking excellent.

Ronaldo's Paunch

Shame. Hard pressed to find another rb so strong and consistent.

AlaskanArsenalAcolyte
AlaskanArsenalAcolyte

If I’m to be honest won’t even bother me if Sagna signs for someone like €ity. He’s put in his dues here, he fought back from two leg breaks, never complained & was our best right back since Dixon IMO. If he wants a bigger payday than what we offer, I won’t begrudge him that.

I’ll always remember that “f*ck this, we are not losing to these c*nts” headed goal that started the comeback against 5pur2

BigPappaSmurf

amen, man’s a legend.

Joe

I’m gonna miss his hair more than anything else 🙁

Dapper dan's feelin sad
Dapper dan's feelin sad

Well, all one can say is; Thanks for seven years of true class, fighting spirit, consistency and amazing hair. Good luck to you Bac, please dont sign for another team in the PL.

Joe

Not that I don’t love his football too!

deano

Hope he is going back to France rather than go to one of our rivals.

It Is What It Is

Monaco or PSG. Real also a possibility.

vigoshu

I believe sagna would never join a EPL team or at least will never say anything against arsenal like Cole or nasri. He’s one hell of a plyer and will suerly get ample offers from great clubs.

He might be leaving arsenal due to any reason but will always be an arsenal superstar for me

non flying dutchman

I love how you backed down from your first assertion straight away.

Wenger made both Cole and Nasri and they are both shits for sticking the knife in, but with neither was there long years of patience while they were sidelined. I don’t think Sagna will go round badmouthing us, but he’d have no bloody right to if he did.

AP

Maybe AW knew what a dick Cashley really was, and deliberately offered him GBP5k less, hoping he would really crash!

Javis

Gutted about this..I’ve a feeling he’s going to a rival too, that will be hard to take. He deserves a trophy for his service though, been an incredibly consistent performer, at a very high level..

Martin

Will only wish him well if he goes abroad. If he goes Chelsea or City I’ll find it difficult to still respect him. Sorry.

Cali_gooner

As long as we replace him with someone who isn’t jenkinson

Just A Gentleman

I guess you’re getting downvotes cause it might come of as slating off Jenkinson, but you’re right. Jenkinson might one day become great, but at this current moment isn’t good enough to

Just A Gentleman

take Sagna’s spot as the first team right back.

P.S. accidentally clicked reply 😛

Flambo

People said the same when Gibbs was promoted up, and Clichy before that. I understand people want a ready made great right back to come in, and I would welcome one too, but I would be just as happy to see Jenkinson become first choice next season.

A lot of talk that he isn’t ready yet, but in 3 or 4 years time he will be no more ready then he is now if he’s just sitting on the bench or playing in a lower league again.

Wenger obviously sees something in him, and if he does become our first choice RB next season I hope everyone gets behind him.

Gooner1

The wages he wanted on a 3 year deal for a 31 year old, I don’t blame the club not meeting those demands. It’s a shame, he’s been an amazing player for us down the years but time to move on. Serge Aurier would be a quality replacement, he’s wanted by a lot of big clubs but he’s a self confessed Arsenal fan and for £10m, a 21 years old who can cover at LB and CB would be a bargain for us.

Anon

Haha jesus christ sometimes I think he’s linked with us just because he’s so big of a gooner on twitter.

Jo

Good shout on Aurier, but I had to thumb you down because the fact is that Sagna’s earned a payout from Arsenal and we should just agree to his terms (while still signing Aurier). Then we don’t have to worry about other defensive signings, as they can both cover CB, and we can just focus on improving further forward.

Danny

Thanks for the memories Bac. Broke your leg twice in our shirt. Warrior. Legend.

Shame on Wenger and his band of incompetent muppets for failing to pay you what you are worth.

Aj

“Failing to pay him what he is worth!” Fuck me! £4 million a year for 3 years is not paying what he is worth?

Some people need a reality check.

Do you think Arsenal should pay him anything he wants? Frankly, he is not that good!

Dannyo

there are FFP coming and they seem to have teeth so choices need to be made. People are talking about top class strikers and defenders. if paying that sort of cash sagna means we have to lower ours budget on strikers I’d rather focus on that priority and buy Serge or promote Jenks

non flying dutchman

Even if there wasn’t FFP (we are after all the biggest advocates of its introduction) it is still the case that Sagna is good, but he is not great, and you have to draw the line somewhere on how much you can pay such players.

Wenger's Zipper

I remember his first game quite well, and I thought then that he will be -and he was- a success in that right back position. I don’t remember many other right backs playing there other than him in the past 7 years… That’s how consistent he was!

Wenger's Zipper

Good luck to him!

IronGooner

I’ll miss his mrs more than anything

Daffy

If Arsenal wanted to sort it out, they could have. End of. If Sagna want’s to join $hitt€y with Na$ri, he’ll do it and end up just another mercenary in AFC history. Hope he win the FA-cup and signs for another european team outside UK

Henners

:((((((((((((((

Crispy

All the very best of luck to him if he signs for a club abroad.

If he lines up for another Premiership club, maybe City in the Charity Shield then fuck him and watch us lift our FIRST trophy of the new season and wonder what might have been.

ike@Ghana

Bac spoke to a media house in France barely two years ago and he was reprimanded for going public on issues he could talk about in house. Here we are paying the price.
We can hardly replace him immediately. Jenkinson can play that role if we are seriously going to challenge for a title next season

gooner

” Despite
reports to the contrary, Arsenal have
offered him an improved deal with
an increased salary and a signing on
fee, but he has chosen not to sign
it, as is his right.”

Still a bit of carelessness from the club IMO. waiting for a vital member of the squad to run out his contract before going all out to renew. Or maybe they saw him as done in a year or so and it’s a cruel but wise move.

If you look at say Ramsey’s case, he just signed an improved long term contract along the rest of the British Fucking Core (BFC) he does well and boom another new improved contract.
maybe Sagna getting those nasty leg breaks was a factor.

What worries me most though is the fact we lost Alex Song ( despite what most of you think of him) who could cover as a CB. we replaced him with non CB type players. Now we are about to lose our best RB who doubles as our 4th choice CB.

We might replace him with a decent RB but who’s as good as Arteta/Flamini/Wilshere/Ramsey at CB. Factor in a possibility of the skipper leaving and all of a sudden a new CB might not be enough cover more so you are talking a guy of lesser quality than TV5 as third choice. Not even a Djorou can stand being 4th choice.

So that puts the loss of Sagna on another level. Can we be lucky and get a new Sagna/ Ivanovic type RB or add a RB, CB, CDM who can cover at the back? considering the boss hates an influx quantity wise?

anyway back to my drink

will miss you Sagna. you hated the enemy as much as I do

Dannyo

Barca fans would rip our arms off to take Song back… his positional sense is awful so him at centre back is not an option. Also, Sagna was not great last year after the leg break so it would have been foolish to secure him into a long term massive contract without seeing if he was fully over it.

_

I don’t think Vermaelen will leave unless Arsenal can find two cb’s and money for them. Thus what I think will happen is that we will buy a very young cb this year and an old experienced one, content with being the 4th choice, the next year.

Black Hei

Ian Gaz “Yo Kozzer, how does a new contract with a 20% pay rise sound?”

Ian Gaz “Hey BFG, yeah, the boss told me to give you a pay rise, how does 20% sound?”

Sagna “Mr Ian Gazidis, me advisors tell me that City is going to give me a 50% pay rise plus a lot of signing on money”

Ian Gaz “Oh shit”

Danny

Even if he joins City or Chelsea, I could never hate Bac. No matter what. The man is a hero. He could have left us in his prime with the rest of them but decided to stick with us through the barren years.

I’ve just remembered his overhead goalline clearance at Villa Park and feel my eyes welling up…

non flying dutchman

When the hell was his prime? Our barren years were his barren years. He is at his prime now… And his leaving us!

Momo (@MuhamLAD)

“Sagna: I do not think I’ll stay at Arsenal”

THAT’S BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE WILL

2014-2015: the year we've been waiting for
2014-2015: the year we've been waiting for

11/10 for the optimism!

Momo (@MuhamLAD)

It’s not too late to get him black-out drunk and trick him into signing a new contract

Imp109

Sad to see him go but not all that surprised, getting to the last years and has obviously decided now is the time to chase trophies, can’t blame the guy for wanting to win things. Yes Arsenal might win the FA cup this year but will that be the case next year? We already have players leaving and Wenger has already intimated that there won’t be many additions so he might be looking at the team and thinking he has a better chance elsewhere. He has given a lot of years to Arsenal, considering today’s footballers and thank him and wish him good luck.

non flying dutchman

Our best defender renewed his contract on Friday, but you sound to me like you think ourplayers should alreasy throw in the towel for next season.

Liverpool have a stadium to extend and will have to sell their star striker to fund it, their captain fantastic probably only has another good year in him.

Chelsea have tried not building their game around John ‘cunt’ Terry twice (under AvB and benitez) and had no joy. Neither their manager nor their owner have the patience to offer the club the stability it needs and I don’t think the latter is going to keep investing in them at this level for ever.

City, certainly the biggest threat but they are squaring up for a war with UEFA over FFP, which they might well win, but if they don’t then I suspect they won’t have a clue how to get their books in order.

United need major fucking surgery, even if Van Gaal can possibly fix it before the Glazers have bled the club completely dry, it’ll still take year.

sp*rs hahahahaha

Imp109, you need to have some faith in the cteam going forward, and some passion for the club, can’t be saying that our players need to be going elsewhere for the greater good

Simon

Strong tackle, Bacary Sagna :((

benanzak

Nasri’s got a fat arse. Even fatter than Pal Lydersen’s.

Frank

I don’t give a damn whether he signs for an English club or not. Bac will always be remembered as a stalwart and one of Arsenal’s greatest right backs ever. Will really miss ‘Mr Reliable’. Goodluck man.

voldermort

He clearly wants more money. Ok he has given 7 years but ultimately is leaving for the same reason as nasri rvp etc. Really don’t see much difference. The days of Adams and o’leary have long gone.
Most footballers are mercenaries and no amount of badge kissing will change that. Fuck em, just support those that are here while there here but don’t expect any loyalty that only comes from the fans these days.

AP

O’leary was very anti-Arsenal as a manager.

Merlin's Panini

Massive shame. He’s been one of my favourite players. So consistent, a really hard worker. I hope we can see him off with the FA cup. I really hope he doesn’t go to a rival but he’s a footballer at the end of the day and will no doubt go to the highest bidder for the longest contract.
I hope we can get a replacement in unless the boss thinks Jenkinson or Bellerin is ready to step up.

oyedotun olanrewaju akeem

He should learn to respect what the club has done for him and sign a new deal, but if not God bless him. On behalf of all Nigerian Gunners forum,I wish him wella and say thank u!

Angolan Girl Who Loves The Gunner
Angolan Girl Who Loves The Gunner

is he playing mind games on us? like ” if arsenal win the fa cup i’ll stay, but if arsenal doesn’t (hope not) i’ll fuck off? is that it? i hope he stays, i really don’t want to start hating him if he joins another english club.

Gooneron

How I would do anything to play for Arsenal.

biafran arse

This is exactly the kind of situation I want us to be with Giroud,notwithstanding good news

AConnecticutGoonerinKingArsene'sCourt
AConnecticutGoonerinKingArsene'sCourt

No indication when/if he actually said it. Press tricks, per usual.

Colneygooner

Announces this a week before the cup final?
Drop him. Jenks can do a job against Hull.

Messy Mesut

Hell yeah, let’s just ignore the fact Bacary’s been here for 7 years, stayed loyal throughout, played such a crucial part to our success in the cup so far and been one of the players of the season. Fuck him and his incredible hair!

(But yeah seriously, I appreciate what you’re saying: I agree with you on principle that he probably shouldn’t have said this the week before the final and it’s a bit disrespectful, but a) he’s well and truly earned his chance and b) I want to give the club the best opportunity to win the cup. Been a while, ya’know?)

non flying dutchman

But then there is c) Jenko is now the one we want to have some winning cup final experience under his belt

Baxter von Beef

Can’t expect loyalty from players when the fans show no loyalty back. Booing Rambo, getting on Giroud’s back…. Our fans aren’t the best, if we’re being honest.

non flying dutchman

I do think its horrendous when the fans boo individual players, and would have hoped they would have fecking learnt after the
Ramsey episode. Still I’m with Tim Stillman on whether you can boo the team or the management, i.e. we sure as hell pay for the right to be entertained by the exploits of our own team and can expect them to at least be competative.

Bonjour

If Sagna stays with us and loses some of his pace next season, I’m sure I’ll see many Arsenal “fans” booing him and telling him he should’ve fucked off to City.

Black Hei

I would like to challenge your point.

Then I see our fans criticising the model pro, Arteta.

Sigh.

Grill

Surprised people are more concerned with where he might go than why he’s not getting his payday. He’s been top notch for us, if you consider his performances relative to pay he’s the most underpaid Arsenal player this century. If his performances were slipping then i’d understand but he’s still extremely fit and one of the best right backs out there

TMac

Players don’t give a hoot anymore about legacy, all what they want is money money and more money, greedy lot. Bac has paid his due though and Arsne Wenger and Arsenal should spend this money because loosing Bac is another big blow and it is not good for Arsenal’s reputation as a top cllub

Clockendrider

Bear: I may shit I the woods.
Pope: I think I may be catholic.

non flying dutchman

Glad they got their roles the right way round!

AConnecticutGoonerinKingArsene'sCourt
AConnecticutGoonerinKingArsene'sCourt

The man gave literally gave two fucking legs for the shirt and the cause.

I’ll always respect him. I’ll always remember him.

That said, if he wears another English shirt, a pain in the ass two times a year is what he’ll be.

Got dodgy hair, but we don’t care. He’s Bacary Sagna!

JakeyBoy

Maybe it’s just pessimismmiss from the past nine years but I have the horriblefr1802eeling that he’s joining a rival. I can dealdeal woth it if it’s City, whilst stI’ll being very disappointed. But if he joins Chelsea…. Entirely different story. I couldn’t bear to see him playing for that merry band of cunts and metaphorically sucking off Mourinho in interviews

Fatgooner

A shame, but not a disaster. At 31 he was coming to the end anyway. The important thing now is that we bring in an adequate replacement. Jenkinson will not do: he is just a squad player.

Black Hei

Fascinating that I am in agreement with Fats.

AusDrexler

Nah f*** him. Love the guy heaps. That goal vs the cocks from up the road a few years back will live long in my memory/spank bank but if he goes to another EPL club now he can go take a flying leap off those big white cliffs you guys have over there. If you want to leave thats ok and understood but not to a rival club.

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