Arsene Wenger plans a summer revamp with established star among those set to leave
Arsenal are fighting to maintain their 15-year run in the Champions League as they chase a top-four finish after another disastrous campaign. And as manager Arsene Wenger plans a summer sale to revamp his squad, the Guardian reports that right-back Bacary Sagna could be part of the group leaving the club.
Sagna arrived at the Emirates in 2007 from French club Auxerre and has established himself as one of Premier League’s best right-backs. The French international has been praised for his ability to combine attack with defence but 2 serious injuries have led to a loss of form.
Sagna got on the wrong side of Wenger when he publicly criticized his manager’s tactics and transfer policies earlier this season. Reports suggest that Arsenal offered the right-back a one-year extension to his current deal which expires in 2014 but it did not go down well with the Frenchman.
Paris Saint-Germain lead the chase to sign Sagna as Arsenal are ready to cash in on the player. The Gunners boss has been promised cash to spend in the summer and Wenger is already preparing list of potential right-backs to replace Sagna.
However, Wenger has backed the right-back despite his poor performances and has blamed the injuries for the dip in form. He said, “He has criticised his own form recently but the things you never question from Bacary are his commitment, his mental attitude, his desire to win and his intelligence. If he has not been playing as he would expect, it is down to his injury. It takes time to come back, and he has played through a lot of pain – in fact, he is one of the strongest players I have met when it comes to doing that.”