The Frenchman is out of contract in the summer and is yet to sign a new deal, despite being in talks for most of the season. The two parties have still not reached an agreement and it looks as if his stay with the Gunners is coming to an end.
Earlier on Saturday a few reports claimed that the defender would not make a decision until after the World Cup but it seems that he has already decided on his future.
However the 31 year old has now confirmed contract talks have hit a snag and that he was likely to leave the Emirates this summer. He said:
I am out of contract, as everyone knows. I still consider myself as an Arsenal player at present.
But actually we had a small problem to agree and I do not think[I will] stay at Arsenal at the end of the season.
It is mixed, we started the season very well, but we could have done better. Injuries have hurt us, especially those of Ramsey, Walcott, and physically at a time, was released. At this level, it does not forgive.
Sagna, who joined Arsenal from Auxerre in July 2007, has reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, with the French international thought to be keen to stay in the Premier League.
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The Gunners have offered him an improved deal with an increased salary and a signing on fee, but he has chosen otherwise. He has been a loyal servant and we would definitely miss his energetic runs down the lines in the coming seasons.
It seems the match against Norwich will be his last in the Premiership with the Gunners, and all we can do is hope that he heads overseas rather than joining compatriots Gael Clichy and Samir Na$ri at Citeh. Let’s end the season lifting the FA Cup with the Frenchman!
Serge Aurier is considered one of the favourites to replace Sagna. He is regarded as one of the most promising players in France and is renowned for his athletic attacking style. Although he is still only 21, he is a full international and a regular for his club side. He might not offer the same level of defensive consistency as Sagna, but he would add an improved threat in the final third.
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