The policy at Arsenal Football Club now is not to let the players, the ones we want anyway, to get into the last year or two of their contracts, to avoid being stung and having ungrateful players like Nasri and van Persie forcing a lucrative move to our rivals after being nurtured, looked after and turned into top players by Arsene Wenger.
The next player on the list to be tied down to a new contract is the French right back Bacary Sagna. There have been talks, apparently, but no agreement as yet. That has led to a lot of speculation that Sagna will be leaving the Emirates and there have been reports that the super rich French club Paris Saint-Germain are after him.
The 29-yeat old defender has refuted these stories, however, and told L’Equipe that he is committed to the Gunners.
“The January transfer rumours regarding PSG? I am 100 percent devoted to my club.
“I am only thinking about defending the colours of Arsenal until the end of my contract.
“The fans are angry with me because they heard about PSG’s interest, but I am not responsible for that. I never had any contact.”
I think the real reason that Sagna is not feeling the love of the Arsenal fans at the minute is that his form and attitude are not the same as they used to be. Too many mistakes and not enough passion has left Gooners wondering what is going on with Sagna. It could be that the contract issue is affecting him as it did Walcott, but the best way to ensure that he gets offered the deal that he wants is to prove he is worth it.
With young Jenkinson waiting in the wings, Sagna does not have the bargaining power that he used to have. His talent and experience could still be vital for Arsenal, especially when Bayern Munich come to London in two weeks.