Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski are nearing exits from the club at the end of the campaign but remain in contention to play in this weekend’s FA Cup final.
Sagna is the higher profile player and has hogged the headlines of late. We recently wrote a piece on the importance of keeping him, suggesting it’s smarter to offer him improved terms to tie him down to secure his immediate future, and if need be sell him next summer when we are more prepared.
Wenger has confirmed that ‘the ball is in his camp’ with their final deal expected to be around the £80,000 per-week mark, £20k shorter than the player’s hopes.
The Arsenal boss revealed the latest on his compatriots situation in his prematch press conference:
I told you many times that it’s exactly the same as last week.
The ball is in his camp and I cannot influence that.
[on selecting him for Saturday]
[No doubts] at all. I told you many times for me a professional is to give your best until the last day of your contract. That’s for me the real professional. I don’t doubt his integrity, his desire to win and his commitment at all.
[on Fabianski’s contract] The answer is exactly the same [as for Sagna]. Honestly, I have always acted like that [selected players who might be leaving] because [if I didn’t] it would basically mean the guys are not professional. I have done that with Nasri, with Van Persie, with everyone when I knew they left or had a good chance to leave, I always played them. If they deserve to play, they play.
In Fabianaki’s case it appears likely we’ve seen the last of him against Norwich City with Wenger certain to go with the clubs best goalkeeper Szczesny in their biggest game for years.
For Sagna it’s much of the same however he will start the final and what will be his last game in a Gunners shirt regardless of the outcome. Arsenal will not be increasing their offer and the right back will not be accepting what will potentially be his last big money contract. He will earn a ton more elsewhere and still has a lot to offer at the top level.
Shame really, Arsenal better have a plan up their sleeve and not buy an 18-year-old prodigy on the final day of the season…or worse..re-sign Eboue.