Cazorla eyes improvement. Sagna talks contract

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Santi Cazorla says he has room for improvement and is looking forward to his second season at Arsenal having been voted the club’s Player of the Year.

The little Spaniard was the overwhelming winner of the gong having impressed voting fans with 12 goals and 14 assists since joining from Malaga last summer.

“Next season I will try to perform as well as I have done this year, but also improve,” Cazorla told the club’s official website.

“I will be even more at ease, knowing my team-mates and enjoying the manager’s confidence, and I will be more use to the team.

“During the last few games the team played very well. That is what we have to aim for next season, we need to be more consistent.”

Despite featuring in more games than anyone else at the Emirates last term there’s no respite for Cazorla with Vicente del Bosque picking him (and Nacho Monreal) for Spain’s Confederations Cup campaign in Brazil.

The reigning World Champions will face Uruguay, Tahiti (yes, you are reading that correctly) and Nigeria in the group stage with Italy, Brazil and Japan potential opponents should they progress. The final isn’t until 30 June so you’d expect Santi and Nacho to be missing from the start of the Gunners tour of the Far East if they get that far.

In other news Bacary Sagna admits that he’s talking to Arsenal about a new contract but appears quite happy to keep his options at the moment. The right-back has one-year left on his deal and isn’t ruling out a return to France with both PSG and Monaco supposedly interested.

“There are [talks], but I still haven’t extended my contract,” he told L’Equipe (ESPN.co.uk translation).

“I’m talking. I’m not at a bad club either. It’s possible [a return to France]. We’d have to see in which conditions and, in sporting terms, what they propose. I won’t go just anywhere.

“If I stay at Arsenal, I’ll try to have a good season, there’s the World Cup at the end of it. If I’m to leave, it’ll be a new challenge.”

 

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paddlejack
paddlejack

Such a shame that this situation has arisen with Sagna, such a loyal and consistent player with us for years. Don’t expect him to say, and will be sad to see him go

Harsh
Harsh

i just don’t understand that why suddenly all this transfer talks of sagna opened up……… alright, i mean, he didn’t have a very good season, but he still is a very good player, he can certainly be back at his best next season and he’s still only 29-30 and has at least got 3-4 years of footballing years left in him……, why we aren’t trying our best to keep him and why suddenly his willingness to stay at arsenal is cut in half, i just don’t understand…….

mr flops

he was vocally against Van Persie leaving in French press

leeroy
leeroy

I think I remember Blogs’ predicting this early in the year as well.

I appreciate his passion to win with us, but sometimes it can be mis-directed

ckmma
ckmma

I think a lot of you guys underestimate how upset Sagna is to be essentially the last man left from the 07-08 season and to not win anything after 6 years of loyal service and see all his team mates leave and win. Especially last summer he was jealous of Clichy and Nasri who were good friends of his leaving and winning the title. Then his last team mates Song and Van Persie leaving, all his current team mates bar Walcott and Rosicky are new and he hasn’t got the same connection with them, hes been here through the trophy drought, everyone else has just joined or still young. I hope he stays as our first choice and back up CB.

Yolo
Yolo

He was also upset that he wasn’t offered a longer extension on his contract (think it was 2 years?). While it doesn’t seem unreasonable for Wenger to offer only a short contract extension to someone who is on the wrong side of 30, it does seem to sting him a bit because it also seems as though his loyalty through a tough period for the club wasn’t rewarded. Let’s hope this latest round of negotiations work out for us and him. I am not really holding out hope but am very very happy to be proven wrong in this instance.

Matt
Matt

I really think we need to re-evaluate the contract offers for players over 30. We lost the winning culture of the club because we let all the winners go when they got a bit old. I hate comparing us to Man United, but I’m sure having Giggs and Scholes around played a big part in instilling the right attitude in the young players they have. I can’t help feeling that if we’d kept any or all of Freddie, Pires, Gilberto,Toure etc, the young players would have learned to be winners, and learned what it meant to play for Arsenal. Instead most of them turned into lazy entitled burdens to the club. Then invincibles learned to be Arsenal players from Adams, Keown, Parlour. We broke the chain when they left. I remember the effect Sol Campbell had on the team when he came back for a bit – there was suddenly a fire there that hadn’t been there for a while. We should identify certain players who get what it means to play for Arsenal and keep them until they retire, even if it does mean losing a potential transfer fee, or paying wages slightly higher than their contribution on the pitch may demand. Sagna, to me, is one of those players.

William
William

I’d be more worried about the quotes from Kos in France.

Mills
Mills

Quotes from Kos?

Chrispy
Chrispy

Are they the ones along the lines of ‘ If we dont show some ambition in the summer I may leave’?

If true, he can fuck right off.

Show some loyalty to the club that plucked you from obscurity in the French 2nd Division and gave you a chance at one of the biggest clubs in Europe. Never mind that your almighty cock up in the league cup cost us the chance for a trophy in god knows how long.

If he didn’t say that, then forget everything I just said. Love you Kos’

ArsenYUL
ArsenYUL

I like Kos. Your comment worried me. I had a look in the French press, and here’s what I found, with the link to the original article below – did my best for the translation:

Q: Regarding your future, where will you play next year?

LK: I feel good at Arsenal, I still have a four-year contract. I just finished a difficult season, especially in the first six months, but I finished well. I also want to win titles, I hope that the Club will do what’s necessary for that. The Club deserves it. Does the Club want to keep me? That’s also a question.

Q: Is it not too wearing to not win anything season after season? What could make you leave?

LK: If we have the means to compete with the best, I have no reason to leave. But if we struggle to qualify for the Champions League every year, it’s though psychologically to be constantly under pressure. I don’t want to go to any place. I want to discover another league. Obviously, it’s complicated. I want to win titles and achieve things. I hope that the Club will do what it takes for that. If it’s not the case, I’ll go see elsewhere.

Q: PSG have had a look at you. Did you have contacts with them?

L.K.: Paris? I don’t know, I’ve had no contact.

http://www.eurosport.fr/football/match-amical/2012-2013/laurent-koscielny-avant-uruguay-france-et-bresil-france-je-prefere-les-petits-techniques_sto3787751/story.shtml

WerZ
WerZ

#CONTEXT

(gotta love it)

Tzaziki
Tzaziki

“I hope that the Club will do what’s necessary for that…”
” I hope that the Club will do what it takes for that…”

This is effectively like saying get rid of Giroud for a better striker, isn’t it? Someone tell this to Giroud.
Some friend.

Jack
Jack

Giroud will just flash that handsome chiselled jawline in his direction and Kos will swoon. no worries.

TW
TW

I think you’re reading into this in strange ways. Saying “we need to improve” could mean a wide array of things, not necessarily (or even likely) a shot at Giroud

thw14
thw14

Even if it was about Giroud, there isn’t too much argument with the proposition that it takes more than one established striker (or even two, counting Podolski) for a club to present a genuine threat.

Doesn’t mean Giroud’s bad, means Giroud’s not enough. Even Henry would not have been enough without Bergkamp, Kanu and Wiltord.

HitsMan
HitsMan

If Cazorla improves on this season, he’s going to be frightening. Will be a shame if Sagna does leave but this could be the push Jenkinson needs to claim the first team spot.

Dorrie-Twit

I’ve been saying for weeks, that Carl Jenkinson should be given more playing time – he is quicker, and younger, and British (well, Welsh then!!) I think Sagna has had his day….. but I’m just a girlie – what do I know? When is Cesc coming back???

Tony Adams morning breath
Tony Adams morning breath

Id prefer him to stay for one more year. We could ease in the Corporal while still having Sagna for the big games. Only point in selling him would be if any of the french clubs wanted to pay us a lot more than his market value.

North Bank Gooner
North Bank Gooner

Ohhh Santi Cazorla!!

pauly bear
pauly bear

Sign sagna up he is great cover for the center backs.

Festa
Festa

By those comments, Sagna doesn’t seem to fussed about staying….may be good for both parties to go separate ways….

Happy Dave
Happy Dave

Love Sagna and would love to see him end his career with us as for Santi what a buy lets hope the boss brings in the last few players we need to push on next season

COYG

Flodilla
Flodilla

Don’t think he’ll likely end his career with us. I think that will be true for most of our players given the pace of the PL and Arsenal in particular. There will be a couple of years where a player is past his prime, and cannot be first choice but is not ready to play the backup part. He should leave. Maybe he could comeback when he’s had a couple of good years in Ligue 1 and play the senior role.

Big Chief from Antarctica
Big Chief from Antarctica

I’d like Sagna to stay. Jenkinson is more than just good and improving fast but of the 99 problems concerning Arsenal, top 3 would include depth. We’ve got three positions where we definitely need to add players, it would be a shame to worry about a fourth position.

OG Mike from Compton
OG Mike from Compton

Agreed, I think depth is our biggest weakness at the moment. No surprise that in successive campaigns we’ve finished stronger than we started-generally surging around March(which this year coincided roughly with CL and FA cup elimination). The squad doesn’t seem to handle the busier parts of the season as well as they should, obviously we could do with a world class player or 3, but I think more than anything quality depth will help. I’d like the club to keep Sagna around if at all possible

Derg
Derg

Koscielny to Bayern? What a load of Adebayorcrap!

Micko
Micko

Really like Sagna but it seems he wants to move on so good luck what ever happens.

Eiregun

Just one more year, we shouldn’t change our back line, best defence in a long time, SOLID

Micko
Micko

Just seen this on the net and I hope Kos has been misquoted

“I feel good at Arsenal, if we show ambition to fight against the other top teams then of course I want to stay here” Koscielny told Eurosport.

“I hope the club will show ambition, if not I may leave.”

If its true then on your bike Kos!!!

Imp109
Imp109

Hmm, Sagna isn’t exactly committing himself. To be honest he threw his toys out the pram after Song left and hasn’t look interested since. I would like him to stay, we are finally getting to the point where we can add depth to the squad and it would be a shame to see him go. For all that Jenkinson might be in the position to claim the RB spot it would be good to have the option of two capable players so we can try and keep them both fresh.

As for Santi, I was looking forward to seeing him play as soon as we confirmed the signing and still looking forward to seeing him strengthen the partnership with Wilshire. Just hope Jack can stay fit enough for it to develop.

maduforo uche

I love this guy… he is a gunner to the marrow.. If he stays good for us.. If he decides to call it a day i wish him well… Hv really served this club… But will be happier if you extend your contract.

supersuperquality
supersuperquality

most arsenal fans seem to forget that the players are also people..n as a sportsman i know no 1 likes to play with shit players or go home ,n when your asked how the game was…say you lost…..so i totaly understand lolo…{same with rvp last season ,wen the ox was pulled out for the lazy arshavin)..it totally sucks to loose,every1 wants 2 b on the winning side….i dnt see lolo’s comments as a request to leave,..but rather a plea for some positive signings…

Read more: http://goonertalk.com/2013/06/04/show-some-ambition-or-i-may-leave-says-koscielny/#ixzz2VIJcy99n

Breezy
Breezy

Agreed, what people also tend to forget is that Vieira used to pretty much the same stuff during his time at Arsenal. The bottom line is that as players grow they want to play with other players who are on the same level, its the same in any profession.

GoonerEris
GoonerEris

Koscielny’s comments were completely lost in translation, but as usual, the press will latch on with catchy headlines. The next few days will tell and I advise other translations are considered before we draw conclusions.

Le_Dooner
Le_Dooner

Surely having Nacho and Santi away with Spain for a month will allow them all the time they need to persuade two other Spaniards(Villa And Cesc) to head back to the Emirates with them! Every cloud and all that…

Mutiu
Mutiu

Sagna has really been a good player for Arsenal. I wish Arsenal give him 2 more years. He can just be the cover we need at CB if our usual injury crisis occur. If he can’t agree to terms with Arsenal, I wish him well @ any other place he goes. Kos u really are starting to behave like a RVP, nasri and other cunts. Even street thugs are more loyal than many players. See Totti for example on how to become a proper player or even Stephen Gerrard

ghanagunner
ghanagunner

if sagna should leave for PSG, it will be nice if we could swap for Van Der Wiel so he can challenge for the position with Carl Jenkison. This is all pointless conjecture by the way.. but i am allowed to fantasize..arent I?

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Hucks
Hucks

YAY, MIGHTY MOUSE!!!! I’m going to go and watch some.

Mick
Mick

Personally I’d rather see Sagna play out the final year of his contract than sell him this summer. Realistically, he won’t command a massive fee and I think we have to take into account the cost of his experience, leadership, consistency and presence amongst this team when fielding offers. This kind of stuff is never factored into what someone will offer for him, in so much that his ‘market worth’ is always going to be less than his worth to the team.

My feeling is that Jenkinson has massive potential but isn’t quite ready to take on full time duties. He needs another year to be bedded into this squad properly, which means that there’s little use buying another young prospect to compete (we have Bellerin anyway, who looks like he could be ‘the real deal’). That leaves us looking at the market for a more experienced player who is familiar with the in’s and out’s of the Premier League. Surely keeping Bac for another year would be the most sensible solution, even taking into consideration the fact we’d miss out on a transfer fee (we’ve got to remember that transfer fees can be peanuts compared to money made from Champions League places, winning trophies, etc, anyway).

Mick

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

SANTI!!!

Love saying that every time he scores or dribbled them f**kers!

TGSTEL
TGSTEL

Bring back TGSTEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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