Bacary Sagna has returned to his best form recently, proving to the club that they must do all they can to make him extend his contract. The Frenchman’s current deal expires in the summer with clubs like PSG & Juventus monitoring his situation.
The right-back declined a contract extension in the summer and did so again shortly before the last international break but has insisted he is fully focused on Arsenal and would like to extend his contract with the club.
The hold-up seems to be the length of the contract with Sagna wanting at least two-years while Wenger seems reluctant to up the one-year deal he has offered Sagna. His performances this season have rapidly increased from last year and he has merited the two year contract he has asked for.
His understudy Carl Jenkinson proved he is not quite ready to take the step up to becomes Arsenal’s first-choice right back after a poor game against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup and shows no signs of over-taking Sagna.
His versatility across the backline has made him even more important to the club as he filled out as a centre-back during pre-season, having to revert to that position earlier in the season with Laurent Koscielny suspended, Thomas Vermaelen injured and Johan Djourou loaned out to Hamburg.
His display in the middle of the defence was faultless, not looking out of place at all which shows when his pace and energy starts to fade, he can still offer the club a lot in the middle of defence.
The 30-year old joined Arsenal in 2007, making him one of the club’s longest serving players and he wants to carry on his journey with the Gunners but also wants the club to respect him and his wishes of a two-year contract. If Wenger continues to ignore his requests then he may find himself looking for a replacement in the summer.