Arsene Wenger says he’s still hoping to persuade Lukasz Fabianski to stay at Arsenal but accepts he can’t dictate the fate of both the Pole and Bacary Sagna.
Both players are out of contract at the Emirates this summer and given their form are not short of suitors. While the boss seems resigned to losing full-back Sagna, who moved to London back in 2007, he still appears to think there’s an outside chance his keeper could stick around.
“We have only two players who are out of contract – Fabianski and Sagna,” Wenger told press at Friday’s press conference. “All the rest need our agreement and they haven’t got it yet.
“I want to keep [Fabianski]. He’s 29 and has a decision to make. Does he want to stay here or move and have a guarantee to be No 1? He knows I want to keep him.
“I hope, because we have shown faith in him for long periods, that we will be rewarded for that.”
The boss also touched on the impending transfer window suggesting the World Cup could well influence when business is undertaken.
“At the moment I have people around me who start to look [at players]. What is available you know always, but we are not on the market specifically at all because teams still play in many countries.
“After that, from my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable. Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there’s not a lot happening. People are away.
“I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going. It will be busy but the main thing for us will be to keep the stability because we feel we are close. We want to add something that makes us even stronger. But number wise it will not be massive.”
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