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Why the re-signing of Bacary Sagna would be the best thing for Carl Jenkinson and Arsenal


Arsenal are in negotiations to extend the contract of Bacary Sagna, which is currently due to expire in 2014.

With Arsenal's current second longest serving player, Bacary Sagna, all but set to reaffirm his status as first choice right back, his current apprentice in Carl Jenkinson, should not see this as a negative.

Rather a positive in the fact that Sagna's new deal could only last between two or three years.

With Jenkinson still developing his game, an extra few seasons of learning from one of the world's best right backs will surely do no harm to his progression through the Arsenal ranks.

Sagna, as many witnessed last season, was not able to command performances from seasons past. After returning from a double leg-break, the French international, while still showing fair pace, was far from his electric best.

As well as the fact no commentator mouthed the words: "The cross from Sagna reached it's desired target!", and Arsenal fans will try to forget his series of blunders that led to a certain former Arsenal hero to convert a penalty and earn a point for the Champions late in the season.

As for Sagna's understudy, Carl Jenkinson had a far more positive season making a total of 21 appearances in all competitions and justifying as to why he was purchased from Charlton Athletic in the first place. The number 25 has speed to burn as well as an eye for a cross and is certainly ready to push Sagna for a starting berth.

The current first choice right-back, Sagna, yesterday stated: "At the moment I am still playing at Arsenal and hopefully will for a few years."

The news that Sagna is willing to commit is a sign of real positivity. It means Jenkinson will be the obvious choice to take the reigns once Sagna departs and enables Arsenal to further develop another up and comer, in Spanish youth international right back, Hector Bellerin.

With Arsenal poised to save a great deal of funds by focusing in house when it comes to their right back stock. The future of Arsenal's right side of defence is certainly quite bright.

Will you be happy if Sagna renews? Who would be your first choice?

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