Bacary Sagna has been one of the most important players of the season for Arsenal. He recovered well after a series of injuries and is now a constant presence in Wenger’s starting eleven. He transferred from Auxerre in 2007 which makes him one of the few players who have such longevity at the club. The French international’s contract is about to end sometime during the summer and Arsenal have yet to offer him a proper deal. He repeatedly expressed his desire to stay at Emirates Stadium even if he is one of the oldest players in the squad. The Gunners are known for having one of the lowest age average among the top Premier League teams so it is hard to believe the 30 year old will receive an offer that will exceed 2 years in length.
According to the Daily Mail, things picked up a bit after Sagna’s excellent season. One of the main reasons for his contract deal being postponed was the fact that he had to manage some serious injuries a while back. Considering his age, it was hard to determine if he will be able to live up to expectations during the 2013-2014 season. Fortunately for both him and Arsenal, his form picked up and his physical condition has improved.
Wenger looked keen on keeping Sagna for at least one more season. There were rumors which said the French international would leave if his situation at the club is not cleared up until the winter transfer period. With his contract ending in 2014, his departure would have been a sure thing. Arsenal can’t really afford losing their right back who would leave a massive gap in the Gunners’ defense which is already looking stretched. Wenger is well aware of the fact that it can be close to impossible to land a player of Sagna’s quality during the January transfer window. 21 year old Carl Jenkinson is the only viable alternative when it comes to replacing the 30 year old Frenchman.