Bacary Sagna has been a great servant for Arsenal since he joined the club from Auxerre back in 2007. He is the only current member of the Arsenal squad, apart from the players we want to leave, who is about to enter the last year of his contract and it appears that there is a good chance he will leave the club this summer.
Although the French right back has denied any specific contact from the new French champions Paris Saint-Germain, that seems to be his most likely destination. The 30-year old has been offered a new contract by the Gunners and he claims that he might still stay, but he will weigh up his options at the end of the season.
“Of course it makes me feel proud to read PSG are interested,” revealed Sagna to Le 10 Sport. “They are a very attractive club.
“Personally I’ve not been approached by PSG. I don’t know if they have contacted my agent or if these are rumours.
“I don’t close any door. I could very well extend my contract here in London, but equally I could leave at the end of the season. I only have one year left on my contract – we will see.
“At the moment I am fully focused on Arsenal. I don’t know what will happen this summer.
“I have to see the directors again regarding an extension to my contract. Monaco would be a new challenge. I don’t close any door to PSG, Monaco or Arsenal.
“At Arsenal, in the dressing room, they tease me every day telling me I will leave to play at PSG. But it is speculation. I don’t know what is going to happen.”
It seems to me that Sagna has half made up his mind to leave. The contract offer from Arsenal is there and it is not going to change. PSG can offer him more money plus almost a guarantee of a French title winners medal next season. Monaco are also a mega rich club owned by a Russian and the tax laws, or lack of them, make it very appealing to players in the latter stages of their careers.
I am not going to hammer Sagna for this. It is his life and he may feel it is his last chance for medals or a big payday. What makes it easier is the fact that his form has not been up to it’s usual high standard this season. He was the weakest link again against Wigan on Tuesday and I don’t think he has found another Gunner with a cross all season.
Having said that, he will probably be better again next season as he has been recovering from two leg breaks in a year, which takes time. He has also put in some good performances for us this season, especially when he saved our bacon at centre back against Sunderland in February.
Wenger is obviously still hoping to keep his second longest serving first team player, or he would surely have used Carl Jenkinson more, but I think that Sunday’s game at Newcastle could be the last one for Bacary at Arsenal.