Arsene Wenger says he doesn’t understand speculation over the future of Bacary Sagna and says that talks with the defender over a new deal have been positive.
Stories emerged this week suggesting the Frenchman was unhappy with an, as yet unconfirmed, offer of a one year extension, but the Arsenal manager revealed today that talks have been going well.
“I don’t understand the speculation,” he said. “He has one and a half years on his contract and we are in positive negotiations.”
The speculation, however, obviously comes from the fact this is a familiar scenario for Arsenal fans, with another established player heading towards the final year of his contract.
Much like Theo Walcott last season and Wenger admitted it’s not looking good with regards the England winger.
“‘I have no news, I’m not directly involved. I am frustrated. He knows what I want and he has to make up his mind.
“We have been in negotiations with Theo for a long, long time, and we have not been late in our renegotiations with him. We always try to extend the contracts very early.”
It’s likely that Walcott has already made up his mind, hence the situation we find ourselves in right now. And ahead of the game against West Brom, the manager is hoping his team will turn things around and bring something of a smile back to fans faces.
“I am here to make the fans happy, if I don’t do it I am not happy. I ask them to support the team and get through this. We know this is a very important period for us.”
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