Arsenal ace tops exit list
Arsene Wenger is planning a big summer shake up with lots of players expected to leave and join the North London club and the departure list is said to include the right back.
30-year old Sagna has been at Arsenal for 6 years and has been offered a one-year extension deal on his contract which expires next summer. Sagna is not happy with what Arsenal have offered and was hoping for a longer deal, but they have concerns over his long-term fitness after he broke his leg twice last season. The French player who has had some good years at Arsenal now believes he will leave the club in the summer with PSG and other clubs interested.
Wenger recently spoke to the press regarding his concerns over Sagna’s injury-prone history but also reiterated his support of the Gunners defender.
“He has criticised his own form recently but the things you never question from Bacary are his commitment, his mental attitude, his desire to win and his intelligence,” Wenger told The Guardian.
“If he has not been playing as he would expect, it is down to his injury. It takes time to come back, and he has played through a lot of pain – in fact, he is one of the strongest players I have met when it comes to doing that.
“He’s hugely respected here, and if he’s not at the level we know he can achieve then we are tolerant because we know it’s not down to a lack of commitment. It’s just because he has come back from a long-term injury”
Arsene Wenger has already had his chief scout Steve Rowley looking at possible replacements for Sagna, amongst other players as the Emirates looks set for a summer clear out. There have been plenty of names bounced around but David Villa, Pepe Reina, Etienne Capoue and Victor Wanyama are some of the more likely players to be courted by Wenger.
The Arsenal board confirmed their support for their manager at a general board meeting this week and will continue to back Wenger in his rebuilding of the Arsenal team even if they don’t qualify for the Champions League next season.