Bacary Sagna has been talking to the media a lot today mentioning that he is in contact with Arsenal over signing a new contract as he approaches his last year. I for one think Sagna will be off this summer, however the other comments he made today about Arsenal’s chances of success next season make me think otherwise.
The ongoing saga of Robin Van Persie’s contract talks with Arsenal have been the talking point of the season, and it looks to me that the only condition for him is that Arsenal win the Third Champions League place (and will have a chance to win it next season) before he agrees to sign his extension.
In my opinion this is why Arsene Wenger is confident that the Dutchman will make his decision very quickly after the end of the season. Yesterday’s draw with Chelsea (and Tottenham’s defeat) has brought that goal one step closer which prompted Wenger to say: “It will be sorted at the end of the season – before the Euros.”
There is a sensational report this morning in the English newspaper The Times that says that the Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has already agreed personal terms to join Roberto Mancini’s Man City team this summer.
Arsene Wenger said this week that no more of his players would be moving to the Etihad stadium after losing Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy last summer, but he also admitted that it all depends on whether Van Persie agrees to sign a contract extension at the Emirates.
Just about every Arsenal fan in the world is aware that Robin Van Persie has refused to discuss a contract extension at the club until next summer, but the England winger Theo Walcott is in exactly the same situation and Arsene Wenger is hoping that he can secure his signature before the end of the season.
The Telegraph reports this morning that Arsenal and Walcott’s representatives have begun preliminary talks although they stress that there has been no initial demands from Theo or any solid offer put on the table by Arsenal yet either. This is contrary to some reports that appeared in the tabloids stating that Walcott had demanded a rise to 85,000 a week for a four-year contract.
Arsenal’s officials don’t seem to even think about the possibility that Dutch striker Robin Van Persie could leave the club and not extend his contract, but don’t want to push him into taking a decision just now.
Robin rejected to negotiate any new contract at the moment saying that 2 seasons are a long time and a lot can change in that time, so he wanted to wait.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood declared that Robin will surely stay at the club, especially given the way he’s currently playing.
“I think Robin wants to stay. He seems very happy.