Wenger has players backing

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Bacary Sagna has insisted Arsenal's players are "200%" behind manager Arsene Wenger.

The French coach is under more pressure than ever at the Emirates Stadium following a sixth successive season without a trophy. They also slipped to fourth in the Barclays Premier League last night after Manchester City beat Stoke ahead of Sunday's final matches of the season.

Wenger, who has been in charge for almost 15 years, has been criticised for failing to spend big in recent times but right-back Sagna told Sky Sports News: "Everyone is 200% behind him. I think he is the right guy."

He added: "He made a lot for the team, for the players and for the club as well. So we just want to keep working hard and give the maximum."


France defender Sagna also expects team-mate Cesc Fabregas to start next season at Arsenal.

Fabregas, who is set to miss Sunday's match at Fulham with the thigh injury which has kept him out so far this month, has long been linked with a return to Barcelona.

But asked if he felt his team-mate would still be at Emirates Stadium next term, Sagna said: "Of course. He is under contract with the team. He is still our captain.

"Unfortunately, he was injured, but he will be back soon.

"We need him badly because he is a good player, he is very talented and everyone knows what he can bring to the team.

"So I am looking forward to playing with him next year."

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