Arsenal morning news: Sagna tells team-mates he wants to leave and Ozil was fit


All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.

Arsenal’s title hopes took a massive hit yesterday - after losing 1-0 away to Stoke City in the Premier League.

A penalty from Jonathan Walters was the difference - in a game that The Gunners certainly didn’t deserve to win.

And Arsene Wenger said of his team’s title chances after the loss:

“It is not slightly worrying; it's a big worry for us to lose a game like that. It is a massive setback of course… I'm not worried (about bouncing back) but in a game like that we didn't produce the performance that we wanted. To win a title is when you are expected to perform you have to perform it's as simple as that.”

He also confirmed that Mesut Ozil, the club record signing who started the game from the bench, was fit to start the match but was left out to continue a rest period:

“No he was fit to start. He has played many many games. He came on at the right moment I think.”

Ozil entered the fray in the second half - and came close to grabbing an equaliser late on.

Theo Walcott was also speaking about the title race. He appeared as a guest on Saturday Night Football yesterday evening … and thinks the run-in will be fun:

“That’s the mad thing about the Premier League this year, that’s why it’s the best in the world. You can’t really call any game. Everyone likes to play against the big teams and there is always a result that sort of tricks everyone. But like I say I think there is going to be plenty of ups and downs still in this title race and I’m sure it’s not the last result where we are going to have a bad one. So it’ll be fun.”

The crocked star is out of action for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

Meanwhile, despite yesterday maintaining that he ‘loves’ Arsenal and everything about Arsenal, French full-back Bacary Sagna has reportedly told team-mates and friends he wants to leave the club this summer.

The Sun on Sunday report that Sagna wants to leave - and that Inter Milan or Galatasaray could be his destination.

His contract expires in the summer.

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