Tuesday, 28th January, 2014

Arsene Wenger has insisted that he is remaining hopeful about Bacary Sagna signing a new deal with Arsenal, but the manager explained that he does not rule out the defender’s exit.

Sagna, whose current deal with the Gunners is set to expire after the season, is yet to sign a fresh contract with the club.

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However, Wenger wants his side to focus on their Premier League game against Southampton today rather than speculating about the French international’s future at Arsenal.

But the 64-year-old admitted that Sagna is an important player of the Arsenal squad and that the club will try to extend the right-back’s stay at the Emirates Stadium.


“At the moment if Sagna doesn't extend his contract we'll have to [consider] that but [for now] we look at Southampton's game more than the long-term future”, Wenger explained to his club’s official site.

“We try to of course secure Sagna because for me he's a very important player for the group, but he's fully committed and as long as he stays here he will be fully committed in every single game.”

Manchester City and Monaco have been linked with a move for Sagna, who has made 263 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal since joining the club from Auxerre in 2007.

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