Arsene Wenger has strongly reiterated his desire to keep hold of ‘contract rebel’ Bacary Sagna, while also confirming he will be in charge of Arsenal again this summer.
The Gunners boss and his compatriot Sagna have hogged the headlines with their contract negotiations for much of the season, while FA Cup hero Lukasz Fabianski is also winding down the clock on his Arsenal career.
Wenger was asked whether his sides 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday was his final home match at the helm, in which he replied:
No, no. Don’t be impatient; my last game will come. Don’t worry.
Yes, [I will be here next season]. I have told you many times, my word is my word.
There is yet to be an official announcement on his deal, but his comments over the past couple of weeks have all but confirmed his future.
Sagna seems to be heading out of the exit door however with the Gunners not offering the 31-year-old Frenchman a contract he deserves.
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Wenger said at the post-match press conference:
I want him to stay. There are two players at the end of their contracts, Sagna and [Lukasz] Fabianski. If it’s down to me, they both stay.
If it is down to you Mr Wenger then why don’t you offer him the terms he desires? Sagna has been one of the most committed and loyal players for some time and still remains a beast of an athlete. This isn’t a typical over 30’s case, he’s not injury prone – the two broken legs were impact rather than regular muscular injuries – and he clearly has plenty to offer including at centre back.
Arsenal cannot afford to lose Bac, we will struggle to find a replacement in the summer especially of his calibre. Although no man (or agent) is bigger than this club, we MUST find a compromise.
To end, Wenger reflected on what went wrong this season in their title challenge and what he sees as the most vital improvement for next season.
I’m happy with the attitude, the behaviour and the consistency of my players. I’m frustrated as well because we were 120 days top of the league.
When you look today it’s very tight and then comes through your mind here and there the points you dropped that we should not have dropped.
The regret as well is at the most important period of the season we had two important players out. We have many players who have only played between five and 15 games. That’s where we want to improve for next season
So Wenger’s going to get some medical staff that can actually solve the Arsenal injury curse? That’ll be the day…