Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has, once again, reiterated his desire to stay on at Arsenal, despite being strongly linked with a move away from the club this summer.

The Frenchman has suffered from severe injuries in recent years including two leg-breaks and his recent form hasn't been up to scratch according to the player himself, but he still wants to remain at the club.

The 30-year-old has been the club's first choice right-back since joining from Auxerre back in 2007, but his first-team spot has been in jeopardy since contract talks stalled back in Christmas.

Sagna is in his final year of his current contract and he is yet to sign a new deal with the club as the player and the club's officials cannot agree terms on a new deal, but despite being in his final year, he still wants to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

"I enjoy playing for Arsenal," Sagna told reporters. "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."

The 30-year-old has been strongly linked with a move back to France in order to join mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain or AS Monaco.

However, the French international is only focusing on the season ahead and is confident the new campaign can be a good one for Arsenal.

"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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