By, Mark Finlay
Despite his loyal service it is looking more and more likely that Bacary Sagna will be leaving Arsenal in the summer.
The deal he is asking for will cost Arsenal £24 million over either three or four years after which they are left with a defender in his mid-thirties and despite seven loyal years at the club he has not always given 100% as was seen towards the end of last season where he seemed not to be concentrating on the job at hand.
There is also the danger in an older player that once they sign that final contract they know it is the end and do not play as hard as they did when they were younger trying to impress the boss and fight for a place in the team.
They just do not play with the same hunger, worried more about not getting injured rather than making a crucial tackle, which is why I think Arsenal should cut him loose and look for a younger more determined player.
Carl Jenkinson would be the short-term answer, but should manager Arsene Wenger not think he is up for the job there are two young players already in the Premiership that have proven themselves in this role.
One is Everton’s Seamus Coleman who has impressed me no end this season when watching the Toffee’s play with his perfect combination of play in both defence and attack he is the perfect player to slot right in to the attacking stylish type of football that the Gunners like to play, and at the perfect age of 25-years-old he is a star in his ascendancy that will bring value to the club.
The other right-back I have in mind is Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne who England manager Roy Hodgeson has considered calling up to the national team for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil after injury worries to Liverpool’s Glen Johnson.
Clyne is a good defender with a natural inclination to push forward giving rise to the possibility of Arsene Wenger even using him in a more attacking role.
If Arsenal give in to Sagna it will open up the possibility of other players trying to hold the club to ransom in the same way which is why I say adios to Sagna its time for us all to move on.