Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is being touted as the next Gunners player likely to leave the Emirates over the upcoming winter transfer window following a breakdown in contract negations—similar to that which Theo Walcott is also experiencing.
The 29-year-old defender is believed to want a long-term deal at the North London club, but with Arsenal only offering a one-year extension on his current contract, he is reportedly set to shop around for other offers to see what moves are available to him.
Bacary Sagna is set to be the next big-name departure from Arsenal after hitting deadlock over his contract. The 29-year-old, who has 18 months left on his deal, has been offered just a one-year extension and there seems to be no shifting in the club's position.
The French right-back is interesting Inter Milan, and a move looks increasingly likely after the latest round of talks reached a stand-off.
Sagna, believed to be frustrated he has not been offered better terms, previously voiced concerns about the club selling top players such as Robin van Persie and Alexandre Song.
The Gunners may have some concerns about the long-term prospects of a player who has suffered two broken legs in the past 14 months, but manager Arsene Wenger wants him to stay.
The news comes at a less-than-ideal time for Arsenal, who are struggling for consistent form of late, as midfielder Tomas Rosicky called for patience, understanding and support from the club's fans (per The Telegraph)—something that will be hard to give if they do not feel that the club is trying to keep hold of their best players for the future.
Sagna is a pivotal part of the Gunners defense at right back, and as Wenger has previously commented (per The Daily Mirror), they "are in contract talks at the moment", though it seems an agreement cannot be reached between the two parties.
The defender will not feature in the club's A3 2013 calendar next year—along with Theo Walcott—adding further speculation that the pair could be leaving.
Carl Jenkinson was superb at right-back to start the season when Sagna was still recovering from his broken leg and is the likely replacement for the French national should he depart from the club in the summer transfer window or perhaps even earlier.
As Jeremy Wilson notes via The Telegraph:
Arsenal do retain hope of keeping both players [Sagna and Walcott] but, following the departures over the past 18 months of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gaël Clichy, Van Persie and Song, it does increasingly look like there will be further major changes next year.
For the Gunners' sake, we can only hope that a contract agreement is reached between Sagna and the club so that they can finally begin to move forward this year.
Arsenal have had their worst start to a Premier League season under Arsene Wenger, with a loss against West Bromwich Albion likely to see them fall out of the top half of the table—something the club will be desperate to try and avoid.
Will Bacary Sagna leave Arsenal in the near future?
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