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Arsenal defender hoping for 'new start'

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Bacary Sagna has clarified his position with pre-season now underway, stating that he is fit and ready for the forthcoming season, although it may well be his last with Arsenal, according to The Guardian.

Despite speculation over his future, he claims he will be with the Gunners as they hope to mount a title challenge for 2013/14 campaign and that he will be giving 100% to contribute in what will be a "new start" for him.

The Frenchman wants to stay at Arsenal, but like many before him, he is frustrated with Wenger's reluctance to offer players who reach 30 more than a one-year contract.

This is apparently the cause for their inability to reach an agreement, and the reason that the full-back is looking increasingly likely to leave next season, when he will become a free-agent.

There had been a lot of interest for him however, notably from French giants Paris Saint Germain and Monaco, and there is still a chance Arsenal will take the money while they still can before the transfer window ends.

Amid the uncertainty that enshrouds Sagna's situation, he has spoken out of his love for Arsenal and desire to stay.

"I enjoy playing for Arsenal," Sagna said. "I love my team, and I always give my best. I'm still here. Many people were talking about me going back to France but I'm still here and I'm looking forward to a big season with Arsenal.

"Last season was difficult. I only had one year left and people were looking at that and maybe thinking I would leave. But I tried to stay as calm as I could. Now I will work hard in pre-season and have a good season for Arsenal."

"It's been very difficult for me physically," Sagna said. "I was out for four months. I went out to Qatar to do my rehab, then I came back and had to start all over again. It was not easy because the injuries take a lot from you. But I'm looking forward to coming back, being at my best and helping the team again. I'm looking forward to the new season and a new start."

Sagna is also convinced that with some signings and an improvement in attitude on the pitch that sees them all giving their full commitment, Arsenal will once again win trophies.

"I believe that we can challenge for the title with a couple of good signings," Sagna said. "We beat great teams last year, we managed to be one of the best teams in the second half of the season and if we can be consistent for the whole season, I believe we can be successful.

"If I had the solution as to what went wrong last season, I would have given it. I think it's a question of desire and, in some games, being over-confident because we know we have the players and the quality. We just have to find consistency and the belief to get success. Every team is strengthening and we can strengthen, too, but it's more about us caring on the pitch and showing the commitment. That will take us a long way."


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