Whilst Robin Van Persie was clearly itching for a move away and had just a year left on his Arsenal contract, Song was different. There was no reason for him to leave and given how important he was for the club last season, it’s not so surprising that Sagna was left somewhat bemused.
After all, the fans were too. And things only got worse when the club maintained radio silence through deadline day and failed to bring in any further additions after they’d shipped Song off to Barcelona.
Regardless of whether Sagna’s doubts and concerns were justified (I’d argue they were) his comments have led to some speculation surrounding his Arsenal future. Arsene Wenger has since spoken about the interview and the player’s future: “I believe any player or any employee always has to defend the company he works for and if he is not completely happy with it, then he has to go somewhere else. I say the same thing to everyone and this is basically what I believe.
He has always shown total commitment on the football pitch, for the team and the club. That is much more important than a little-bit-twisted article in the newspaper. I have had a chat with him about this situation and my impression is he loves the club and will stay here. It’s important to understand what he wanted to say. It is also important you understand what people feel about the club and their job. It’s always important to have good communication with them.” (Source: The Express)
Whilst Arsene seems to think that Sagna’s Arsenal future is secure, he does seem to suggest that he’s unwilling to put up with criticism from his players. With that in mind, I hope that Sagna puts his head down and concentrates on his football, rather than media appearances.
The truth is, Arsenal need Bacary Sagna. The Gunner’s full-back crisis last season proved just how vulnerable they are without their first-choice defenders. Sagna is the Premier League’s Mr. Consistent. He doesn’t seem to put a foot wrong and he’s as handy defensively as he is going forward (a rare quality in full-backs).
Whilst Carl Jenkinson is a good fill-in option, he’s not quite ready to make the step-up just yet. For now, then, Arsene may well have to rely on Sagna, whether or not he keeps his mouth shut.
What’s your take? Can Arsenal afford to lose Sagna?
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