Sagna has been a long term target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain, even admitting that his Arsenal teammates teased him on a daily basis when the rumours started growing.
It seemed a formality that he was destined to leave the North London club but it now seems the introduction of a super tax in France, around 75% for the highest earners, has ended any chance of him going to his home country.
It is claimed he is now more willing to stay with Arsenal, firmly with his tail between his legs and ruffling the feathers of Gunners all over the country, the rest of Europe and the entire world.
It’s very dangerous on the part of Sagna because it displays his mercenary tendencies if that’s the reason he’s pulled out of any deal to go to France.
Ask any Arsenal fan on the street and they would want him to stay with the club for the right reasons, for the football reasons, not just because he can earn more money by staying put in North London.
Significantly if that’s the reason he’s thinking about staying with Arsenal then he could still push for a move to Monaco, a club where tax isn’t a problem and a club happy to spend big to sign higher quality players.
If he does stay, and there’s still a big debate over that if, he may not even head into next season as first choice because Carl Jenkinson was superb when called upon by Arsene Wenger last season.
There is a very valid argument that Arsenal have already got the best out of him, which leads to the suggestion that they may even be better off without him.
His experience would be vital in any Arsenal back four next season but Wenger has always been a manager willing to acknowledge when one transition of his Arsenal team is being overlapped by another.
That is certainly the case with Sagna and Jenkinson and there remains a very good chance Arsenal can now sign another right back to encourage even greater competition for places considering the wealth they have at their disposal.
If the tax issue is something that has changed Sagna’s mind then there will be plenty of Arsenal fans that would rather the Frenchman was sat in the stands on a weekly basis.
That would certainly provide Jenkinson with the chance to prove his consistency to hold down the right back slot over along period of time.
Football is currently littered with examples of players who will simply secure transfers and seek moves because it means a few more quid in the bank for them or a more glamorous lifestyle.
Sagna can either leave or stay for the wrong reasons.
Would you be happy for him to stay at Arsenal?
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