Arsenal transfers: Bacary Sagna expects to stay with Gunners
Arsenal transfers: Bacary Sagna insists he is planning to stay with Gunners and says talks over a new deal are ongoing
Bacary Sagna insists he is planning to stay at Arsenal and says talks with the Gunners over a new deal are ongoing.
The 30-year-old, who has a year left on his current contract, has been linked with a return France in recent weeks, with Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco both touted as possible destinations.
However, the right-back has moved to quell the speculation about his future and says he is looking forward to playing for Arsene Wenger’s men next season.
“We are still talking [about a new contract]. I never said I wanted to leave the club but there are some journalists who want to speculate as I have just one year to go,” Sagna told Gulf News.
“The fact is that I am still at Arsenal and I am looking forward to playing next season. Arsenal made me grow as a player and as a man.
“People have been talking about me going back to France but, at the moment, I am at Arsenal.”
Sagna also insisted that Arsenal are more than capable of challenging for the Premier League title, despite finishing fourth last term.
“I truly believe we can be champions or else I wouldn’t be playing football. I would have gone already,” he added. “I truly believe we can succeed with the team we have.
“Look at the second half of last season, where we got 26 points from a possible 30. Not a lot of teams can do this and this is what makes me believe we can beat anyone.
“However, on some days, we can switch off and lose to anyone and, to avoid this, we need to take things game by game and stay focused from the beginning to the end.”
Arsenal take on Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium in their first Premier League game of the 2013-14 campaign.