Arsenal first choice right-back Bacary Sagna has revealed he would like to play alongside both our current captain Robin van Persie and Rennes star midfielder Yann M’Vila.
Current contract negotiations with Van Persie have reached a stalemate, but the French defender is confident the Dutchman will eventually end up staying at the Emirates.
Sagna has also revealed he, as well as possibly others in the team, would like more quality players at the Emirates saying that while Podolski has been a great start, Rennes’ star midfielder Yann M’Vila would also suit the Arsenal game well.
Sagna said on the Van Persie:
We want to keep him. Everyone is so grateful to him for what he’s done for the club and how important he is.
He is our captain and he takes his role and responsibilities very seriously. He gives everything as a player and captain.
He also said on the possibility of other players coming to the Emirates, particularly M’Vila:
We want more players to come to the team. Lukas Podolski has arrived already and he is a German international and a quality player.
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M’Vila can make a great impact. I’m not sure about his English but it took me time to learn. But I think he would suit us as well. Arsenal is a French-speaking team and it will help him settle.
I think we can be contenders this coming season. We showed a lot of people what we could do last season.
Last summer, people were talking about Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leaving. It was a difficult season in the Premier League and, for all football fans, it has been a crazy, crazy season. It was difficult for us but we kept fighting. I think it shows we can be strong contenders next season.
This season has given us great belief for the season coming. Arsene Wenger has always given us the belief and confidence and made the decisions to help us through.
If we had not had so many injuries then I think we would have gone closer to winning trophies this season.
Looking at the situation thus far, both the potential signing of Yann M’Vila and retaining Van Persie are certainly relating topics. It has been made pretty obvious that the retention of Van Persie relies on the ambition Arsenal show this transfer window and M’Vila would certainly add to the ambition already shown by signing Podolski.
If a deal for M’Vila were to eventuate though, Arsene would first have to get some more players of the wage roll to fund the move. Hopefully he does it sooner rather than later, but could a tough task considering what wages the fringe players are on at the Emirates.
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