Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that he has not give up of persuading Bacary Sagna to stay at the Emirates beyond the current campaign, but did concede that without a breakthrough the Gunners will soon be forced to start seeking alternatives.
Sagna is out of contract this summer and has so far refused Arsenal's offer of fresh terms, leading to reported interest from the likes of Manchester City, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain in a free transfer for next season.
Wenger has been unable to convince the 30-year-old that his long-term future remains in North London but refused to be downbeat on the Sagna situation, insisting that the French international has shown nothing but complete commitment to the cause this season and remains integral to his plans.
In his pre-match press conference the Gunners boss told the club's official website: "At the moment if Sagna doesn't extend his contract we'll have to [consider] that but [for now] we look at Southampton's game more than the long-term future.
"We try to of course secure Sagna because for me he's a very important player for the group, but he's fully committed and as long as he stays here he will be fully committed in every single game.
Sagna has been a consistent feature for Arsenal this season in his seventh campaign at the Emirates, making 27 appearances in all competitions to help the Gunners maintain a fight for silverware on three fronts.