The 31 year old is out of contract next month and widespread reports have suggested he’ll be joining Manchester City on a lucrative three-year deal after failing to agree terms with the Gunners over an extension.
However, when asked by reporters after the match, if this was his final game in an Arsenal shirt, Sagna appeared to offer fresh hope that he could yet remain at the Emirates after saying he’ll try to ‘find a solution’ with the club.
Sagna to BBC on his #afc future: "I don't know…I've been talking with the club for a long time and we'll try to find a solution."
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 17, 2014
At 31, this will likely be the last big contract of his playing career and he’s understandably after a big payday. The Frenchman, who stayed aboard when all around jumped ship hasn’t had a pay rise at Arsenal since 2008. Wenger has generally eased players out when they reach their thirties, but Sagna deserves to be an exception.
He has consistently been the Premier League’s best right-back in his time at the club. His athleticism and his experience make him almost irreplaceable. He might not catch the eye with attacking raids like others, but he’ll never let you down.
The comments are a clear indication that his future is still very-much up in the air. It’s still highly likely that he’ll be leaving, but it seems as though he may have one more go at trying to find an agreement with Arsenal. The comments also suggest that he’s not that desperate to leave and hopefully the club come in with a late improved offer.
If we do allow Sagna to leave then any replacement we sign would be a step-down and inevitably cost more than the wage increase the Frenchman is after. He has stuck with the club through the tough times, the club has to do everything it can to keep him.
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