How much is a player worth to a club and how does one measure his worth to the club? Is worth measured by the position of the player pitch, the number of goals he contributes, assists he makes or saves that keep his team in the game…or all of the above?
The reason I ask this is because according to Goal.com,Sagna is about to refuse an improved contract of £80,000-a-week and is holding out on an offer of £100,000-a-week that will make him the second highest player in the club.
Who can blame Sagna? He is 31 now, has given his all for Arsenal, and believes he has earned his worth. If he expects a ‘one mega payday,’ as mentioned then he should try and get it.
What about Arsenal though? They play by the rules, unlike Chelsea and Manchester City, that has allowed them to operate debt free and within their salary model.
Frankly, I do not believe that Sagna is worth being the second highest paid player in Arsenal although he definitely deserves the improved contract he is been given. I don’t think age should come up in negotiations because of the service he has given and the many years he has to offer. Arsenal need to show loyalty to him as well. However, is he irreplaceable? Where does he rank when compared to Luke Shaw, Leighton Baines, Serge Aurier and any other right back you can think of?
No disrespect to the right back position but is it the most important position in your starting eleven? Is Sagna more important than Ramsey, Wilshere, Mertesacker, Koscielny etc? In all honesty, Arsenal are offering Sagna an improved contract because they know he is worth it and he can try to negotiate for an improved contract. That is why they are called negotiations. It is a give and take as he tries to squeeze out the best offer.
Chelsea and Manchester City are in for him because they break the rules. They think short-term and try to take the best players by overpaying them and weakening their rivals. That is why Manchester City are facing UEFA FFP sanctions and Chelsea are treading dangerously.It is no secret Arsene Wenger had coveted Michael Essien when he was in Lyon and Eden Hazard in Lille. He had followed them for a long time and was on the verge of signing them before Chelsea swooped in with more money. Say what you want to say about Wenger but he does know how to spot a player.
Every player needs to feel appreciated by a club. A club, on the other hand, should not be held ransom by a player. Finding the balance is the tricky part. Sagna knows he is wanted by Arsenal. Now he needs to show his loyalty and stick with the club.