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French international Bacary Sagna could be the next big player slipping from Arsenalâ€™s grasp after he is disappointed with the new contract extension offered by the Gunners. According to reports in the Daily Mail, the 29 year old is believed to have felt â€˜disrespectedâ€™ by the new contract offer which is estimated to be identical to his present wages of 60,000 pounds per week. Sagna has been a pillar at right back over the years for the Gunners and was expecting a substantial pay hike in what could be his last big contract given he will be 30 in February next year.
Despite suffering long term injuries that hampered his contribution to the club over the last couple of years, Sagna has made an impressive total of 211 appearances for the Gunners since joining them from Auxerre in 2007 during which he scored 4 times and assisted 19 goals.
With Italian giants Internazionale expressing a strong desire to secure his services, Sagna is believed to have hinted to his team mates about a possible exit at the end of this season.
Arsenal are reluctant to commit long term to Sagna given the broken leg he suffered recently which puts them in a dicey situation in their attempt to keep the accomplished right-back at the Emirates. Manager Arsene Wenger will need to sort these issues out quickly to avoid further talent drain from the club that has already been hit by several high profile exits in the last couple of seasons.
The good news for Arsenal fans though is that they have a readymade replacement in Carl Jenkinson, who by next season should be pushing for a regular starting place. While the young Englishman is far from the finished article just yet, he does offer Arsene Wenger some room for maneuvering when it comes to Sagna's contract negotiation.
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