Arsenal right back, and purveyor of fine hair, Bacary Sagna was the subject of an article in yesterday's L'Equipe where he went right to work in questioning the club's transfer policy and admitted he has yet to have a conversation with anyone at the club regarding his contract, which expires after next season.
I expected Robin's departure," Sagna, 29, told French newspaper L'Eqiupe. "But Alex, that was a surprise. He's 24 and had three years on his contract.
When you see your two best players from last season leave, you ask yourself questions.
In the street, supporters sometimes come to see me. I can understand that they're annoyed. I'm like them - I don't understand everything.
And here he is regarding the state of his future tenure at Arsenal:
His own contract runs until the end of the 2013-14 season and when asked if anyone at Arsenal has spoken to him about extending it, he replied: "No, nobody."
As mentioned above, Sagna is 29 and will be turning 30 this season. It is pretty well-known that Arsene Wenger prefers to extend players past the age of 30 to one-year contracts, as famously exhibited with Dennis Bergkamp once he hit that magical number. In addition, Arsene has started to bleed in the future of the club at that position by purchasing Carl Jenkinson last summer and giving him quality minutes both last season and in the past three games as Sagna recovers from his second broken left leg in a year, as well as having Nico Yennaris breaking through the youth ranks and displaying his potential at right back in the past year.
However, we've all seen how Arsene's started to purchase quality veterans to mix in both potential and experience in the same squad, and he was willing to give a similarly-aged Robin van Persie a long-term deal before finally selling him to Manchester United. Sagna is widely-praised as one of the finer right backs in England and in Europe, and outside of the broken foot he sustained in his first season with the club while playing at Stamford Bridge and the two freak leg breaks last season, he's been a mainstay in the squad and someone who's managed to escape whatever evil voodoo that hexes our players on the regular. He's exhibited leadership within the squad, armband be dammed (see: his header versus Tottenham at home last season that started the comeback, and quite possibly ignited the squad for the remainder of the season).
No matter how much potential Jenkinson and Yennaris possess, it would be a blow to lose such a consistent player, one who provides quality performances nearly every time he steps onto the pitch. The timing of these comments should be noted, seeing that we just witnessed the club fail to move for any players before the transfer window shut last Friday. In the end, though, given the double-whammy of questioning the policies of the club and then publicly-admitting that contract talks have yet to begin, one should start to wonder if we're heading down a path of separation with one Bacary Sagna.