London – Bacary Sagna looks set to be the next high-profile Arsenal player to walk away from the club.
The France right back feels “disrespected” by the Gunners’ offer of a 12-month extension to his deal that expires in 2014. He has told teammates he expects to leave at the end of the season.
Arsenal are refusing to improve his current wage of £60,000 a week. Given this will be the defender’s final big contract – he is 30 in February – he is looking for a substantial salary increase.
The club’s decision not to offer a long-term deal is thought to be connected to fears over his injury record, having suffered two broken legs in a year.
Sagna angered Wenger this season after publicly criticising the club for selling Robin van Persie and Alex Song during the summer.
Theo Walcott has also told Arsenal he is unwilling to sign a five-year deal worth £75,000 a week. – Daily Mail