Wenger confirms that knee knack could sideline Bac

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Bacary Sagna is a doubt for Sunday’s game against West Brom.

The right-back is struggling with a knee problem, and it may well rob him of his last ever appearance at the Emirates as an Arsenal player.

Sagna is set to leave the club this summer after 281 appearances since joining from Auxerre in 2007, and playing his last home game would have given fans the chance to give him the send-off he deserves.

Carl Jenkinson is set to replace him if he can’t make it, with the Arsenal manager unlikely to take unnecessary risks with the FA Cup final still to consider in a couple of weeks time.

Asked about Sagna’s contract situation, the boss said, “He can give you a much better answer than I can.”

And I don’t think we need to read between any of the lines to know what’s going on there.

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awb
awb

Hopefully he’s not frozen out because of the contract situation. We need him at Wembley!

Up4grabs
Up4grabs

Wenger has more class than that. If he doesn’t play the final it will be due to a real injury.

arsesicky
arsesicky

wenger definitely has more class than that (echoing up4grabs). when it comes down to it he almost always chooses the classy act (in his opinion) over the ruthless decision. look at fabianski being given the chance to provde his quality in the cup games – most managers would just stick with their number 1 when they know the ‘second fiddle’ goalkeeper is off in the summer.

godooner
godooner

I really hope he doesn’t join another English club

dublin-gooner
dublin-gooner

I really hope the rumours of him going to Man City aren’t true, it’d be a shame to see him join the likes of Na$ri there, hopefully he’ll get a nice lucrative offer from PSG or Monaco… or, ya know, sign a new deal… a man can dream…

Up4grabs
Up4grabs

Yeah if he goes to City it will show it was only about the money as he will get very limited playing time behind Zabaleta.

KB
KB

although someone like City could be interested in him from a CB perspective.

arsesicky
arsesicky

if he goes anywhere, I hope we all give him a standing ovation when/if he ever makes an appearance as an opponent at the emirates. some former players are cunts and deserve the boos/insulting songs (nasri, rvcunt, adebayor, etc). Sagna is not one of these, and fuck it, I would still cheer for him if he joined Chelsea. as nauseating as that would be, we have to show respect for one of the most consistent performers in the past 5-6 years.
side note – how in the hell did he land his wife with that crazy hairdo??? she’s a stunner, and it will be a shame to not see any more pics of her in an arsenal kit 🙂

Kris

A real shame! No matter where Bac ends up playing his Football next season he has been a true stalwart for this team & teams before it, deserves a fantastic send off which seems will sadly have to be given to him while he sits in the stands rather than bombing down the right side! If this is goodbye, thanks Bac, thanks for everything… especially THAT header against that lot up the road!

Wen(gunn)er
Wen(gunn)er

3 more years and he’ll get a testimonial at Arsenal. Move to City and he’ll lose out on the PL & CL that we’ll win next season, not just the testimonial.

Wenger's Glasses
Wenger's Glasses

Despite the Sagna situation, I would love to see Carl Jenkinson get more playing time. He got the brain & the skill, he just need more experience! He’s not as strong as Sagna tho, but then again, no one is. Ever.

Rufusstan
Rufusstan

In many ways, that’s exactly why we need Bac to stay. In the next couple of years we can ease Jenks and Bellerin into the squad, but only if we have a guy of Sagna’s caliber to mentor them and take up much of the load..

Ian
Ian

When was the last testimonial we had? That’s our problem.

lemon
lemon

We can hold one for Djourou before he leaves 🙂

He isnt coming Bac
He isnt coming Bac

Walcott will be the next one

guyfawkes
guyfawkes

errr Rosicky.

He isnt coming Bac
He isnt coming Bac

Walcott joined January 2006, Rosicky was May 2006….. guy knows fawkes all

Rufusstan
Rufusstan

Dennis?

Clock End Mike
Clock End Mike

Martin Keown’s testimonial was the last one at Highbury; Dennis’s testimonial was the first match held at the new stadium. We’ve not had one since, sadly.

Up4grabs
Up4grabs

Well Ian, that rarely happens at any team in the PL these days so it’s hardly just “our” problem.

SB
SB

Thank you Sagna for staying through when everyone else was leaving.

Wish you were staying but good luck wherever you go – ofcourse except while playing against us!

Scottie
Scottie

Sorry to say I will lose all respect for him if he goes to City. Zabaleta widely regarded as the best RB in the league so he’ll spend his time sitting in the bench counting his money.

DR
DR

The thing is though, there’s one RB better than Zabaleta in the league….

Switch Zabaleta to LB though, where he’s just as comfortable and City go to having the best FB pairing in the Premiership from having to play one of Clichy/Kolarov.

Amusa
Amusa

What’s wrong with Sagna?
He didn’t leave when everyone is leaving and is leaving when (almost) everyone is staying.
I love him to bits, but I don’t know how I’ll feel if he plays in light blue next season.
Please go abroad or sign a new deal Bac!

Mpls
Mpls

Personal economics. He’s trying to do the prudent thing. His career is reaching its latter stage, so it’s time to cash in on a big contract to stock up as much as possible for retirement. His wife, being a model, is also not in a lifelong career, and they’re acclimated to their lifestyle.

I can’t knock him financially, I’d likely do the same if needs must. But I wish the big pay packet could be in another league.

Given Wenger’s regard for his importance I’d bet the was told previously there was no way they would sell him.

purr
purr

If absolutly have to leave i would like him to depart the epl. If he decides to join Man City or any rival, he is no better than Nasri. If we win the FA cup he has no reason to leave arsenal except for increased pay. But then I would still understand if he goes to another league but joining our rivals would just be pathetic

Pat
Pat

No better than Nasri? Nasri had half a good season and jumped ship. Sagna has given us his best years, been our most consistant player and hasn’t been given a contract to reflect his performances. All the while seeing our best players leave the club year after year, he deserves one last big contract even if it is to sit on the bench at city. Where ever he ends up he should be treated as a club legend regardless. It’s very easy to praise players who stuck with us while we were on top but for a top 5 rb to do it while we were winning fuck all, I say thank you Bacary!

Up4grabs
Up4grabs

I don’t get this “deserves one last big deal before he retires”, he has made £20m in his 6 yrs with us, poor bastard, how will he ever be able to support his family when he retires.

While poor Bacary has to survive on £20m there are millions of children who struggle to eat a decent meal everyday.

SB
SB

Sagna is not unique there are many others who work to make more money.

If you are expecting players to play for a club mainly for the love of the club & fans, you are going to very disappointed.

Previgo
Previgo

Mehn! Was wondering if i would ever see jenkinson start a game before the end of the season, I know sagna is great, he is the most consistent rb in the league but since we are not certain of retaining his services for next season i expect to see more of jenkinson, he is arsenal all through, he plays with his heart for the club and personally I believe he will do anything to play for this club, yes he is not good enough but so was sczesney before he grew into our undisputed number1. All I’m saying is jenkinso needs more game time thats the only way he can improve and i know he can

LandrySubira
LandrySubira

Its been obvious for a while that he’s off. I just want him at the FA Cup final and perhaps lifting a trophy on his departure. He has been excellent for us for many seasons bar last season when he was recovering from the injuries. If he can get a move to ManCity, kudos, although he’d be competing for a starting place with possibly the best RB in the league in Zabaleta. Still, all the best Bacary.

o2ba
o2ba

Last testimonial I can remember was Lee Dixons.
Its such a shame bacs will be off to pastures new. Jenks has some big boots to fill.

Flambo
Flambo

A certain Dennis Bergkamp was the last one I believe

Momo (@MuhamLAD)
Momo (@MuhamLAD)

Solid player, a shame he isn’t going to retire here, he could’ve easily switched to cb as he aged. At least it’ll open doors for Jenko and Bellerin, once they get a feel they’ll come good & develop consistency. We always produced quality left backs, let’s hope we can do it for right backs now.

2014-2015 = 2003-2004
2014-2015 = 2003-2004

Prior to the West Brom last home fixture I hear there’ll by a protest against the 3% ticket price rise scheduled for next season.

Makes you think what that extra money is being used for. Now that the Emirates debt is repaid surely one good use of the extra cash would be to keep our best players?

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

The Emirates debt is not repaid. We will still be paying off that mortgage for the next 15 years or so.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

has anyone seen all this tosh about Fabregas being for sale this summer, can anyone confirm if we still have that buyback clause?

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

or first option clause or whatever it might be

Al Gilmore
Al Gilmore

As far as I am aware the emirates debt is not yet paid. But we have signed or are signing a raft of new sponsorship deals which, together with new TV deal, will up our revenue and thereby increase what we can pay to our best players and what we can offer to transfer targets. But I have to say, the 3% rise seems a bit unnecessary and against what we were told when the move to Ashburton was first mooted – a larger stadium was supposed to reduce or freeze ticket prices.

But, new paying power is one thing but each deal for each player still has to be weighed up. I’ve heard people say ‘pay Sagna what he wants’ but the same people say ‘pay suarez/costa/cavanni etc what they want’ and you can’t run a business like that. We certainly have made some mistakes with deadwood like bendtner/djourou getting modest (but still too much) deals at a time when they hadn’t really warranted it.

I honestly couldn’t say how much I’d pay Sagna a week – I rate him highly and would love to keep him in the red n white, but I’d be wary of giving him more than a 2yr deal.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

Won’t Abou Diaby be the next player entitled to a testimonial? Although he’ll have played fewer games than team mates who have been here a fraction of the time. Blimey.

Singapore Gooner
Singapore Gooner

Whether he plays or not, I’m sure Sagna will be there at the Emirates stadium.

I think it’s up to the fans who turn up to watch the game at the stadium, to give Sagna as rousing an ovation possible, and cheer his name throughout the game.

Make him feel so loved and treasured by us Arsenal fans that he cannot NOT have second thoughts about leaving.

Make him know that he’ll never be this well received anywhere else but at the Emirates.

Make him know that Arsenal…is HOME!

And if he still decides to leave…well, then at least he’ll have gotten the sending off he deserves.

Clive Allen
Clive Allen

I’ve always had a semi sexual mental image of Sagna taking Jenkingson under his wing, teaching him to shave and what not. In a steam room.

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!
Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

Thank you Bacary! The man has been a wonderful savant of the club and wish him nothing but the best of luck no matter where he goes. Hopefully he can get a run in for his last home game and we can sing him off

Aaron
Aaron

90mins of We want you to stay, we want you to staaaay, Bacary Sagna, we want you to stay…..that should do the trick

Kazman
Kazman

He should just go abroad because we won’t be able to differentiate between him and the nasty na$ri & co.

percyofgod
percyofgod

I have nothing to say against Bac anywhere he goes if he is not staying at the Arsenal. Don’t ever compare our Bac with Nasri or van Persie. Bac is pure class and the rest are, well you know what they are. Bac if I am not going to see you at the Emirate next season, then I wish you best of luck for the future!

Goonerestgooner
Goonerestgooner

I’ll always love Bac for giving us things like THAT header.

And of course this (one of the nicest pictures I’ve ever seen, gives me feelings I can’t describe)……

http://i2.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article2918296.ece/alternates/s2197/Bacary-Sagna-girlfriend-Ludivine-Kadri-.jpg

Goonerestgooner
Goonerestgooner

Was supposed to include this link in my previous post….

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7Co2feX7dKU

…..though I’m sure, like me, you’ve all seen it thousands of times.

71Gunner
71Gunner

I have LOTS of love & respect for Sagna but the fact is that if he is not gonna be with us next year then I would drop him for the final fit or otherwise! Do we want Sagna rubbing his medal in a city shirt next season or Jenkinson using the wonder of his first winners medal as inspiration to push on and if possible become a top class full back? For me….thanks bac but no thanks I’m afraid!

OOzil
OOzil

Give him a cheer great enough to make him want to stay 🙂 though funnily i just have a feeling that he is waiting for the FA cup result. For his level of performance and consistency, the guy deserves trophies.

71Gunner
71Gunner

Anyone who believes that Sagna still might start next season in an Arsenal shirt is deluded….I’m really sorry but a player of that quality, with the agents in the game these days? That decision was made some time ago, I just hope that he goes abroad! He owes us nothing and has been a fabulous player over the majority of the 7 years he’s been with us but we don’t owe him either! Jenks has a future at Arsenal and recently signed his contract to commit to that, Sagna is refusing to sign the contract in front of him, which is his right but someone who has an Arsenal future should play in the final.