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Bacary Sagna tells Arsenal he will leave in the summer

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Bacary Sagna has told a number of his Arsenal team mates that he will be leaving the club in the summer, according to The Sun on Sunday.

The Gunners are facing up to another season without a Premier League title, dropping off the boil after a shock 1-0 defeat to Stoke on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger told reporters after the game: “It’s a massive setback. To win a title you have to perform. It’s as simple as that.”

What is surely another massive setback in a weekend of misery for Arsenal fans is news that Sagna has told team mates not to expect him to return to the club next season.

The French international is out of contract in the summer and is struggling to agree a new deal with Arsenal officials. Meanwhile Inter Milan, Galatasaray, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco have all offered him big money to leave north London.

Arsenal made one final attempt to keep him at the club last month but after failing to do so, have succumbed to the fact that Sagna will be leaving in the summer.

A Gunners source told The Sun on Sunday: “Bacary has told some of his team-mates he won’t be staying beyond the summer.“It is a shame as he is popular.”

Wenger has so far only been willing to offer Sagna a two-year contract worth around £70,000-a-week.

That comes nowhere close to the offer coming from Turkey, with Galatasaray reportedly willing to pay him £120,000-a-week after tax.

It's a huge blow for Arsenal who have relied on the form of Sagna to steady the ship at right-back and have also used him in the central positions to cover for injuries.

His experience was set to be key in Arsenal's bid to reintroduce themselves into the elite of the Premier League but it seems he sees his future in a different way.

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