Arsenal Transfer News: Bacary Sagna and Star Names Expected to Leave Gunners

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Arsenal Transfer News: Bacary Sagna and Star Names Expected to Leave Gunners
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Bacary Sagna has finally confirmed he will be leaving Arsenal over the summer, with Manchester City rumoured to be the French defender's next club.

Speculation had been rife concerning the future of the 31-year-old—who has been at Arsenal since 2007—and he has now confirmed that the Gunners' 3-2 FA Cup final victory over Hull at Wembley last month was his last game in an Arsenal shirt.

As well as Sagna, there is speculation concerning various other Arsenal players who may be on their way out as Arsene Wenger looks to build a squad capable of maintaining a proper Premier League title challenge next season.

Let's take a look at Sagna and others who may be on their way out of the Emirates over the summer. 

 

Sagna Confirms Departure

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Sagna's contract with Arsenal is set to expire this summer, and he has confirmed in a interview (reported by French newspaper L'Equipe, via The Guardian) that he will not be renewing it:

It’s no longer a secret, I will leave Arsenal for sure. [Arsenal] tried to make an effort but the discussions have not gone as I wished.

There is no ideal end but it was a dream to finish like that, at Wembley, with the cup. It was an honour to wear the shirt.

The Guardian report suggests that the France international is now expected to sign a three-year deal worth £120,000 a week with Manchester City. 

Sagna played all 120 minutes of the FA Cup final as it went to extra time. Aaron Ramsey scored the winner after Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny had wiped out Hull's early two-goal lead.

It was the only major trophy of Sagna's Arsenal career and the Gunners' first piece of silverware since 2005. 

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He played in 35 of Arsenal's Premier League games in the 2013-14 season, which saw them top the table early on before dropping off dramatically and eventually finish fourth. 

The former Auxerre player's departure from North London continues a worrying trend at Arsenal that has seen their top players—including Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas in recent years—leaving the club in pursuit of silverware.

However, there are some questioning whether Sagna's potential move to Manchester is wise considering they already have a high quality right back in Pablo Zabaleta, including former England striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker:

 

Arteta on the Way Out?

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Mikel Arteta's contract with the Gunners has just 12 months left to run and negotiations have seemingly stalled due to Arsenal's policy of offering only one-year extensions to players over 30.

Arteta, 32, hit out at the contract policy last month, saying he did not believe it was fair, per Joe Bernstein in the Daily Mail:

I don’t value players by age. For me, a much bigger asset is someone who has played 125 games in three years compared to someone who played 25, if he is 20-years-old. 

That’s my opinion. I understand the club point of view: 'Mikel is not a £25m player because he is not 22 any more.' But I know what else I can give. So it’s to find the right balance between mentalities. We need to analyse and talk about it.

Bernstein's report suggests that Serie A club Fiorentina are preparing to take advantage of the stand off and hope to sign Arteta during the summer.

Arsenal are unlikely to change their club policy and if Arteta's issues with it are unresolvable he may well be on his way out of the Emirates.

Furthermore, there is the possibility that Cesc Fabregas may return to Arsenal over the summer after his current club, Barcelona, confirmed they were willing to let the Spaniard leave for £30 million, per David Ornstein on BBC Sport.

If Fabregas did indeed return to North London, Arteta's place in the team would be threatened and his playing time would almost certainly be reduced. 

 

Newcastle Want Bendtner

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Striker Nicklas Bendtner will be out of contract with Arsenal in the next few weeks, and there are no plans afoot to keep him at the Emirates.

According to the Metro, Alan Pardew is interested in bringing the 26-year-old Danish international to Newcastle, but only if he takes a pay cut from the £52,000 a week he was getting at Arsenal.

Bendtner scored two goals in nine Premier League appearances in 2013-14, per WhoScored.com, but was only given one start by Arsene Wenger during the campaign.  

Newcastle's top scorer was Loic Remy, who bagged 14 league goals per BBC Sport, but he has completed his loan deal and returned to his parent club, QPR.

Arsenal will need to bring in a top quality replacement for Sagna if they are to maintain their defenisve strength next season, while further additions are needed for the squad in general.

The Gunners seemed to fade in the league last season with little cover for their top players. This needs to be rectified in the transfer window if Arsenal are to challenge for the league title next time around.

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