The usual round of negotiations between Arsenal players and the Board every year is beginning as the club as they try to persuade the existing squad members to extend their contracts at the Emirates, and it seems that the talks with Bacary Sagna have already stalled.
We all know that Arsenal refuse to break their wage structure for anyone (which is also instrumental in persuading top players to be sold) but a 29 year-old senior member of the squad usually expects a raise in recognition of their long service, which is unlikely to be forthcoming for the French international.
Sagna famously complained this summer when Arsenal sold Alex Song, and questioned why he hadn’t already been approached for new contract talks back then. He said: “Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song — that was a surprise. I don’t understand that at all.
“It is a big loss for the club. When you see two of the best players from last season leave, you ask a lot of questions.
“I understand why the supporters are nervous. I am the only starting player left from 2007.”
Sagna also brought up the fact that he wanted to win trophies, which normally means they will be leaving soon! He said: “I watched City’s parade on TV. I saw Samir and Gael lift the trophy. I want that.”
Arsenal fans may reflect that Sagna is getting on a bit, and we now have the promising Carl Jenkinson prepared to become first choice, but it will affect Arsenal’s strength-in-depth if Sagna goes. Who thinks it is now inevitable that Sagna will be next to leave?