Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Bacary Sagna, Lukas Podolski and More

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14:  Arsenal's Manager Arsene Wenger speaks to Bacary Sagna during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League game against Braga at the club's complex in London Colney on September 14, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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With just a handful of matches left in the Premier League season and a busy summer of football ahead with the World Cup in Brazil, Arsenal will be preparing to do their transfer business ahead of the next campaign.

Two of Arsene Wenger's most senior players could be on their way from the Emirates as Lukas Podolski and Bacary Sagna both entertain new challenges.

Here, we take a look at the latest gossip surrounding the north London giants:


Bacary Sagna

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Wenger revealed in his pre-match press conference on Friday that Sagna is no closer to signing a new deal with Arsenal.

Kevin Palmer of the Sunday World tweeted immediately after Wenger's comments on the player:

The 31-year-old French international has had yet another consistent season in the Gunners back four, and his loss would have huge ramifications on Wenger's team.

Sagna has played in 32 of Arsenal's Premier League matches this season, per Squawka, with an impressive 85 percent passing accuracy for the year. 

Wenger's defence has been settled for a few seasons now since the arrival of Per Mertesacker in 2011. With the continued improvement of Kieran Gibbs on the other flank, the French manager would need to sign a high-quality replacement, should the club not be able to retain Sagna.

It will be a difficult few weeks for Arsenal as a player of Sagna's ability will have many suitors, and the possibility of him leaving will increase by the day. If the player has a fine World Cup, he will have the choice of some of Europe's biggest clubs. 


Lukas Podolski 

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It appears that Podolski could be on his way out of English football, as he looks toward a possible move back to his native Germany.

Darren Lewis of The Mirror writes that Podolski would be tempted back to the club he holds dear in his heart, Cologne.

The German outfit were recently promoted back to the Bundesliga, and Podolski celebrated the triumph with his former team-mates. 

Lewis quotes the German international saying:

The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world and therefore in principle always interesting. In the Bundesliga, my thoughts natural turn first to Cologne. That is much more than a club for me, this is my home.

Maybe I’ll play again with them, this is for me always an option and matter of the heart. I would also like to meet my Arsenal contract. But as I said, yes, you never know in football.

Sometimes everything happens very quickly.

The 28-year-old has cut a frustrated figure at Arsenal this season, but his form in recent times on the football pitch has been good.

In the 17 Premier League matches he has featured in this year, he has managed to score eight goals, per Squawka.

He is still relatively young, so to return to a club in Germany that might struggle at the wrong end of the table tells you something about his current mindset. He clearly wants to play in more matches, but Wenger has not favoured him over Olivier Giroud in the striker's position.

Podolski would not be a huge loss for Arsenal but would further damage their options in the centre-forward position should Giroud get injured.

With the goals that a fit Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey can bring, Wenger would probably sacrifice Podolski if the player wanted to go, but there is little doubting that the Gunners need to purchase to strengthen this part of the pitch.