Emergence of Jenkinson could result in Sagna’s Arsenal departure

Bacary Sagna admits he could leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old has been at the Emirates Stadium since the summer of 2007, and he has gone on to earn a reputation as one of the most reliable right fullbacks in the Premier League. However, this has far from been his best campaign in England, and with his contract up in 12 months, speculation is mounting over his future.

Sagna has been linked with a return to his homeland of France, where he has previously starred for Auxerre. Monaco, who have been promoted to the top-flight and have cash to burn, are said to be keen, but it appears the supposed interest from champions Paris St Germain which appeals to the Les Bleus ace.

“Of course it makes me proud to read PSG are interested. They are a very attractive club,” Sagna told Le 10 Sport. “Personally I’ve not been approached by PSG. I don’t know if they have contacted my agent or if these are rumours. At Arsenal, in the dressing room they tease me every day telling me I will leave to play at PSG, but it is speculation.

“I don’t know what is going to happen this summer. I could very well extend my contract here in London but equally I could leave at the end of the season. I only have one year left on my contract. I have to see the directors again regarding an extension to my contract. Monaco would be a new challenge. I don’t close any door to PSG, Monaco or Arsenal.”

Arsene Wenger has lost a number of key players in recent years due to their contract situations, such as Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and, most notably of all, Robin van Persie who has shot Manchester United to the title this season. But the departure of Sagna is unlikely to hurt as much, especially considering the progress of Carl Jenkinson.

The 21-year-old began this season in the first team as Sagna battled against injury, and his form led to him earning a first international cap for England in November. Having signed a new long-term deal with the Gunners the following month, next season could see the former Charlton Athletic youngster become a regular.


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