Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says talks over key defender’s future are not progressing as doubts grow over his Emirates Stadium future.
Arsene Wenger says Bacary Sagna’s contract talks have once again stalled and if the defender is to stay at Arsenal he must take the initiative himself.
The French defender is out of contract at the end of the season, and has been free to talk to teams outside the Premier League since January, but there is no news on whether he will extend his deal with the talks at an impasse.
Wenger on Sagna contract: "Talks are not progressing…the ball is not in our court any more and he has to come back to us." #afc
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) April 25, 2014
Sagna’s position is fairly understandable, for the Gunners are at a crossroads themselves – unsure if they will end a nine year trophy drought in the FA Cup Final next month, uncertain if they will qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League, and question marks over the future of their own manager.
Arsene Wenger’s contract also expires in June, and the wily French coach is thought to basing his decision whether to stay on whether Arsenal achieve those aforementioned goals.
If the team demonstrate they are making progress under his stead, the feeling is that Wenger will stay, but if he feels another manager could do a better job, he may well depart.
Sagna may well be waiting for Wenger and Arsenal to prove themselves before he commits himself.