Arsenal’s 30 year old defender, Bacary Sagna is set to leave London after repeatedly failing to sign another contract with the Gunners. The French international may even move to another team free of charge considering his agreement with Arsenal ends at the end of the season.
Wenger tried to convince Sagna to stay but injuries and age were things to be taken into consideration when proposing a new deal. Arsenal are set on creating a young team and players over 30 will not get contracts that last longer than a year or two. The French defender did not agree with the club’s policy and expressed his disappointment with the way he has been treated.
According to the Daily Mail, Sagna is also looking to leave for free in order to get a hold of a sum of money that would have been part of his transfer fee. Arsenal’s defender rejected good offers from City and Real Madrid a few seasons back in order to stay in London. It is very unlikely he will end up playing for a club bigger than Arsenal in the years to come.
Sagna has a £240,000 per month contract which has stayed the same since 2008. Arsenal’s managerial team did not offer him a new deal because of his precarious health state. Sagna suffered some major injuries that kept him out for a long time. After last seasons’ problems many thought he would never return to the form that made him Wenger’s number one defender for the past 4 years.
The French international could have left the club at the end of last season if not for a series of injuries that prevented him from signing with another team. He stayed at the Emirates but is now sure he will not be in London for next season. The biggest problem for him was Arsenal’s apparent lack of respect. Sagna felt he was not repaid for his loyalty and that it is too late for a contract deal. The 30 year old defender is currently out because of a hamstring injury but has been one of the Gunners most reliable players this season.