Reports in several newspapers have suggested that Sagna will be among a host of players leaving Arsenal this summer in a squad revamp, but Wenger had moved to stress he is eager to keep the experienced defender.
“He is not free in the summer so he can only leave if we let him go,” said Wenger of the French full-back who will sit out Saturday’s game against Aston Villa due to injury. “Our desire is to keep Bacary Sagna and he knows that. We will sit down with him and we did already sit down with his agent, and we didn’t get that (negative) vibe out.”
This is the same situation as van Persie. Arsenal cannot afford to let Sagna walk for free in 16 months, so if he will not sign a new deal, then they have to sell him this summer.