Arsenal: Sagna proving club are still behind rivals

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Yet another Premier League season has drawn to a close and, once again, Arsenal just haven't been able to cross the final hurdle in the race for the title.

Arsene Wenger's side sat atop of the league table longer than any of their rivals this season, but ultimately failed to land England's elite prize. 

And, as another summer transfer window approaches, it appears that another Arsenal star is on his way out of north London. 

This time it's Bacary Sagna who looks set to leave the club, despite Arsene Wenger seemingly desperate to keep hold of him. 

Wenger has publicly insisted that he wants the French full-back to stay with the club, but has once again failed to keep one of his prize assets. 

Don't get me wrong here, Sagna can - and will - be replaced at The Emirates. After all, he is 31-years-old, and it appears that he has been holding out for huge wages. 

But Wenger and Co. have made it clear they want to keep him, so why don't they just pay up? Do you think Manchester United chiefs really wanted to pay Wayne Rooney £300,000-a-week to stay with the club? And do you think the club really want to spend £27 million or so on 18-year-old Luke Shaw? Sometimes, the big clubs just have to get the job done. Right now it looks like Arsenal are ahead of Manchester United, but the Gunners shouldn't get ahead of themselves. 

Over the years, Gunners fans have seen the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Co. depart the club. Of course, last summer, Mesut Ozil was signed for a mega fee, but that was just one step forward in the transfer market for the north London outfit. 

Wenger, Ivan Gazidis and Co. still have a lot to prove. And losing Sagna - especially if he signs for Manchester City or Chelsea - will be a disastrous start to this transfer window. 

And why can't they persuade him to stay? He's been there for such a long period, but he - like many others in the past - don't seem loyal to the club. There has to be something slightly wrong in the Arsenal dressing room. Why are the players wearing the Arsenal shirt not as committed as they once were? 

Gone are the days of the loyal servants such as Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Dennis Bergkamp. Arsenal must be careful or it will be Mesut Ozil next. 

Securing a fourth place finish - and ultimately Champions League football yet again - isn't a nightmare season for Arsenal, but they must look to improve and not fall behind their rivals.

Already the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea look set to be stronger next season, as will Manchester City and Liverpool, but what will the future hold for Wenger's side? 

Their best players must be kept hold of, and they must sign players just as good as them in order to compete for the title next season. FA Cup success will quickly be forgotten if Arsenal have a nightmare start to the 2014/15 campaign.

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