Writer: Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday September 13 2012
Arsene Wenger has responded to last week's L'Equipe interview in which he explicitly questioned the club's decision to sell Alex Song in the summer transfer window without replacement. Sagna has 2 years to run on his current deal and it's reported that Arsenal are preparing to extend the French right back's contract.
When pressed on Sagna's comments, Wenger noted, ''Bacary loves the club, and I think he will stay.
'The interview doesn't reflect the love he has for this club. He has always given full commitment. I think the interview was a little bit twisted too.'
The last line is interesting. I attended the AISA Q & A with Mark Gonnella and Tom Fox on Monday night (full account here http://news.arseblog.com/2012/09/qa-with-tom-fox-and-mark-gonnella/) and Gonnella said explicitly that the club had contacted Sagna about the interveiw (as is protocol for the Comms department whenever this kind of interview is circulated) and he had indicated that it was a fair reflection of what he had said.
Meanwhile, Arsene also told the press he wasn't thinking about a new contract just yet, following an interview with Ivan Gazidis in which he broadly hinted that the 63 year old would be offered one, 'I have two years to go. What is important for me is Southampton and I think I have shown my commitment to this club in the past.
'At the moment I am not in the mood to think about the long-term future. We want to do well this season, that's all.'
He continued: 'I am an Arsenal man. I think I have always shown that. I have to consider if I do well or not.
'If I don't do well, I have to consider my future.
'I have been at the club long enough to have confidence in the people I work with, but I will assess my own performances and then make a decision, at the moment we are not there.
'Two years is a long time in my job. I just want to do well for the club as long as I can and accept all the rest.
Date:Thursday September 13 2012
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