Bacary Sagna has finally gone on record to confirm that he’ll be leaving Arsenal this summer.
While the French international maintains that he’s not yet made up his mind where he’ll be heading next it looks almost certain that he’ll be playing for Manchester City when he returns from World Cup duty.
Speaking to L’Equipe the 31-year-old revealed that his seven-year tenure at the Emirates is over despite Arsene Wenger’s attempts to keep him on the books.
“It is no longer a secret, I am leaving Arsenal, it is a certainty. Arsenal made an effort [to keep me], but the discussions did not go in the direction that I wanted.
“It was an honour to grow in the shirt,” he said of his time sporting the red and white shirt.
“Arsenal is a club that brought me a lot, both as a person and as a sportsman. Even though we had been criticised for quite some time due to the lack of trophies, I spent some magical moments [at the Emirates]. If I had to do, I’d do it again.”
On the subject of his future he added: “There are a lot of calls, a lot of speculation. Frankly, it gives me a headache. I’ll sort it all out before the start of the World Cup.”
So that’s that then. The search for a replacement continues.