After being decimated by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, Arsene Wenger now has to contend with losing his reserve goalkeeper, and one of his most experienced campaigners.
David Woods, of the Daily Star, reports that Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski have both turned down new deals with the North London giants, and look likely to exit the club at the end of the season.
The loss of Sagna will be a huge blow to Arsenal, with the player being one of the team's most consistent performers.
Woods reported the following:
Sagna is upset that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal did not approach him sooner about a new deal, leaving talks until his final year at the club - in sharp contrast to their approach to other stars.
Wenger has changed his rule for Sagna having previous only offered a one-year contract to his over 30s.
The deal on the table for Sagna - who is 31 on Friday - is two years, but still at his current salary of £60,000 a week.
But Sagna feels he deserves much more, especially as he has not had a single pay rise since signing an improved deal in the summer of 2008
Fabianski also seems disenfranchised at the club.
He commented, per Woods: “I want to be No.1 in the club and in the Polish national team. I have learned a lot at London during very positive and challenging periods. With biggest respect to this great club, I didn’t accept the extension offer as I am looking forward to a new challenge in England or abroad.”
Retaining players has become an annual problem for Wenger, and even with his side performing wonders, this year finally competing for the Premier League title, he is still finding it hard to hold on to individuals.
Season after season this problem is reoccurring, and will frustrate Arsenal fans everywhere.
Sagna has been excellent at right-back since his arrival in 2008.
This season he has featured in 22 domestic league matches, per Squawka, and is clearly a very important member of the Gunners' plans moving forward.
To lose a player of his caliber would be catastrophic, with any suitable replacement having an undoubtedly high cost value.
What does it say about Wenger and the club to allow yet another vital member of the first team leave with a minimal battle? There are surely planning issues within the club's strategy.
Kevin Palmer of the Sunday World and ESPN tweeted about Arsenal's incredible contracts policy that allows them to be vulnerable to losing players:
Sagna will have seen many of his team mates leave the club and have great success over recent years, most notably Manchester City's Gael Clichy and Manchester United's Robin van Persie.
He is yet to win a title or trophy in Arsenal's colours, so the motivation to stay, when the club appears to not want to give him a pay-rise, will be minimal.
This next deal will be Sagna's last big contract of his career, and he will want financial guarantees as well as playing ones.
There is no doubt that at 31 years old he still has many miles left in the tank, and will be picked up by a top team on his departure from the Emirates.
He will be one of the hottest free agents in Europe come the summer, and if he performs well at the World Cup for France, will find the deal of his dreams at another club.
Arsenal's contracts policy will damage the club further if they cannot tie-down the mainstays in their ranks in the next few seasons. Players like Sagna must be retained to be able to compete for the Premier League title.
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