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If true, then Arsenal must sell him immediately


Arsenal must get to the bottom of rumours surrounding Bacary Sagna as soon as possible.

"I'm very happy, I'm very happy to be back to football and to play for Arsenal. I'm looking forward to playing more games this season because I've been injured lately."

That certainly sounds like the words of a player who wants to stay at the Emirates, and it was Bacary Sagna speaking yesterday to reporters in response to rumours he wanted to leave the club.

But that's just what he is saying in public - what is he saying in private at Arsenal's training ground?

Just 24 hours before, headlines across the world reported Sagna wanted to quit the club next summer after being disheartened at talks between himself and the club.

The Frenchman has 18 months to run on his current deal and it was claimed the 29-year-old was unhappy at being offered just a one-year extension to that deal.

Yet the disconcerting part of the Mail report from Thursday morning was the line which claimed; "Sagna has told his teammates he expects to leave at the end of the season."

If true, then Arsenal should sell him right away, because a player who has made his mind up on an exit is clearly not fully committed to the cause.

Having previously voiced concerns over the direction of the club with regard to the sales of Van Persie and Song, and the emergence of Carl Jenkinson, links over the Frenchman's exit were inevitable.

What Arsene Wenger has to do is have a frank and honest chat with his French right-back and find out his intentions.

Arsenal have seen over the years too many players keep up a facade as Sagna could be doing with his 'I'm happy' quotes.

Van Persie strong them along last summer, and Fabregas too always publicly affirmed his commitment to the Gunners even if behind the scenes he was pushing hard for a return to Barcelona.

Arsenal are in the midst of a tough streak and if the next couple of weeks go against them it will get even tougher. Put simply they need everybody pulling in the same direction.

If Sagna really has told his teammates he will leave at the end of the season, it will place doubt in their minds too, and potentially cause others to hold the same views he does.

If the Gunners want to get back on track they need their right-back to be fully committed, not just nodding for the cameras and talking about how happy he is - He has to really mean it.

Otherwise the club would be wise to speed up the process of his exit next summer and sell him now.

What do you think of the Mail's story that Sagna has told his teammates he will leave? Could it hold any truth, and if it does what should the club do?

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