Bacary Sagna Unsure of Arsenal Future Despite Revealing New Contract Talks

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal and Bacary Sagna of Arsenal speak to Referee Martin Atkinson during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on December 14, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Bacary Sagna has revealed he is in talks with Arsenal over a new two-year deal at the Emirates, but he was not overly emphatic in suggesting he will sign the new agreement.

Sagna is counting down the months of the final year of his current contract but has reportedly been offered a £70,000-per-week deal to extend his stay, per John Cross of Mirror Football.

The France international has arguably been in the best form of his Arsenal career this season, but he appeared to hint the 2013/14 campaign might be his last with the Gunners. Cross provides the quotes:

I was upset, angry when players left… If we had them today, it would make a massive difference. Since 2007, a very competitive team left. I would love to win trophies with this club, it's a club I love so much but something is missing.

I've still got six months on my contract with Arsenal. We are in negotiations. It's an option to go somewhere in January but I always had a good relationship with Arsenal.

I've been playing there for seven years and I hope we will end up on something good. First of all I want to finish champion because we have got a good opportunity to do it this year and after we will see.

Reading between the lines, a comment like “I hope I will end on something good” suggests Sagna is mentally preparing himself to leave Arsenal.

The right-back was heavily linked with PSG during the summer, via Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports, but he recently told beIN Sport (h/t Inside Futbol) he never received anything official from the Ligue 1 club.

Sagna’s desire to win a trophy at Arsenal almost certainly guarantees he will remain at the club until the end of the season, ending speculation he will leave in January.

However, he still appears somewhat disillusioned by the club’s failure to hold on to key talent.

Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have all left in recent years, leaving fans to question what a force Arsenal might be if those players were linking with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Co.

Of course, the argument might be made that the club would not have been able to afford Ozil had they not received substantial fees for the aforementioned trio.

Nevertheless, Sagna is still irked by the loss of former teammates, and now, Arsenal face a nervy wait to see if their first-choice right-back will stay.

Sagna’s versatility is an underrated commodity for Arsene Wenger, who has been able to plug gaps at the heart of his defence with his compatriot this term.

Arsenal will hope that a two-year contract offer, which is not typical of the club for a player aged over 30, will secure Sagna’s loyalty for another couple of seasons.