Arsene Wenger's worrying use of the C-word for Arsenal

Arsenal boss says he is 'confident' Bacary Sagna will stay at the club, but haven't fans heard this sort of talk before?

When Arsene Wenger says he is sure a player will stay at the club, recent history has shown us not to take it entirely at face value.

He stated in midweek that he was hopeful Bacary Sagna would sign a new contract, but the club are preparing for the worst. And might they should, after he used the dreaded C-word to describe his feelings: 'Confident'.

"I am confident he will stay, but we will accept his decision. No matter what his decision will be, we will accept it and go on with it."

Sagna has been linked to various teams including rivals Liverpool and Manchester City. Whether fans are re-assured by comments from Wenger remain to be seen, as the comments are not too dissimilar to those made regarding Robin van Persie:

"I am confident for two reasons. First of all I want to convince him to stay here and to extend his contract. Secondly he is not free at the end of this season, he has one year of his contract left anyway."

A year earlier he used the word to describe his feelings regarding Samir Nasri, telling“I am confident [he will stay] because I believe that he knows he is doing well here, he is in a big club.

Van Persie moved onto Manchester United and Nasri to Manchester City, each picking up Premier League winners medals.

Neither were his first ill-fated use of the 'c-word'. In October 2010, Wenger told Arsenal shareholders he was confident regarding Cesc Fabregas' future.

"At the end of the day, I believe he wants to win with this club. For how long I don't know but hopefully for many, many years. I'm not pessimistic. I'm confident we will keep him for a few more years."

The Spaniard was sold to Barcelona the very next summer. Arsenal had a say in all those deals, sanctioning the sales; but when it comes to Sagna, the decision is purely down to the player.

Wenger may just have given the club's prospects of keeping the Frenchman the kiss of death.

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