It’s now common knowledge that Bacary Sagna is nearing the exit door with Saturday’s FA Cup final expected to be his final game with his Arsenal teammates.
The Gunners are refusing to meet his £100,000-per-week wage demands, especially as the Frenchman is 31-years-old, with a £80,000-per-week three year deal turned away by the right-back’s representatives.
Understandably the deal is a big investment for Arsenal in the long term for a player of his age, but over the next season or two he is a guaranteed starter which is more than they can say for their other right back options or what is ‘available’ on the market.
Sagna will now be eligible to look elsewhere as of the final whistle on Saturday, and he will have plenty of suitors thanks to the Bosman transfer system that will allow him to switch to a new club for free with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign. The likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in England, while elsewhere in Europe Galatasaray, PSG and Inter Milan are interesting options for the experienced defender. With no contract in place and plenty of clubs battling for his signature, he can command a massive pay package, leaving Arsenal to grit their teeth and hope he heads out of England.
Sagna’s become an indispensable player over the last few years and has really shown his pedigree this campaign. He’s been undroppable and restricted deputy Carl Jenkinson essentially to cup matches, while the France international has also shown potential to be a solid centre half too. With Thomas Vermaelen likely to also head out the exit door, Sagna’s importance only grows deeper for the north London club.
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Arsenal simply cannot afford to let him go just yet, Jenkinson is developing nicely but is not yet ready to be our full time right back. Sagna is incredibly dedicated to the club, give him £100k a week on a three year deal and maybe look at selling him next summer or the one after when we are better equipped to lose him. Wouldn’t that make more sense then losing him for free..potentially to a rival?
Sure, moving on from Sagna is a good idea if we can replace him with someone that is as good or has the potential to become even better such as Seamus Coleman from Everton, but lets face it, Arsene Wenger will not be spending £20m on a marauding right-back especially when he has immense faith in Jenkinson.
The Gunners are making a big mistake..Once again.