Bacary Sagna: The worst mercenary or a rare case of loyalty?

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Whatever the outcome over Sagna's situation at Arsenal, he has shown good loyalty. Manchester City, Manchester United and even Chelsea have been linked.

Above, there are three footballers who have divided opinion over whether they are loyal, or a mercenary.

Mathieu Flamini (left) has been described of committing "beautiful treason" whilst in France, in order to escape to North London, before effectively doing the same thing again in order to free transfer away from Arsenal to join AC Milan. It is with a twist of Lady Irony that the hired gun returned to Arsene Wenger's side - again, for free. 

Yaya Toure (centre) is allegedly miffed over a birthday snub. If you had a Leopard 2 main battle tank that had the speed of a Nico Rosberg-driven Mercedes AMG F1 car then you may come close to the athletic capability of Toure. The player (or his agent) is either holding City to mercy in order to gain extra ducats in his deal, or is genuinely pursuing a mega-money move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Bacary Sagna has spent seven seasons at Arsenal, after nine years (both as a professional and as an academy prospect) with Auxerre. Currently a two-club career man, the 31-year-old - a cup winner with both the Gunners and AJA - is on the cusp of a high-profile transfer, a final payday and a pursuit of football played at a higher level.

All three of these players have been accused of disloyalty, or joining an expanding brotherhood of mercenaries yet, really, two of them are outstanding examples of loyalty.

Flamini has never once broken a contract and, considering he has been the subject of three transfers in his professional career, that is a significantly tough feat to accomplish. Toure, meanwhile, is reportedly ready to leave City high and dry after his most accomplished season to date.

But Sagna? He, like Flamini, is not breaking contract.

If anybody is at fault for the Bosman nature over Sagna's imminent Arsenal exit, it's Arsenal, who should have resolved the contractual situation sooner, or offered the Frenchman the £15,600,000 he was asking for over a three year spread, rather than see one of their most established and reliable athletes leave for nothing, forcing them to instead spend £15.6m on a player who may fail to emulate the consistency of his predecessor.

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