Arsenal are now days away from playing arguably their most important match since 2006. The League Cup final in 2011 was obviously big, but the FA Cup is a far more prestigious trophy - and not since the 2006 Champions League final in Paris have the Gunners been involved in a bigger game.
In order to end the club’s nine-year trophy drought it’s imperative that all of Arsenal’s players are pulling in the same direction. Any complacency will be punished by Hull City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger needs 11 players out on the field who are proud to represent the north London outfit, proud to wear that famous red shirt. But there’s one player in Wenger’s ranks who has shown a complete lack of loyalty in recent weeks.
Bacary Sagna has, in effect, been holding the club to ransom. Reports claim the France international will walk away from the Emirates Stadium this summer in order to join Chelsea or Manchester City because Arsenal won’t hand him a ludicrous £100,000-a-week contract.
Sagna turns 32 next season and should have snapped Arsenal’s hands off when they offered him a three-year deal worth £80,000 a week. But the right-back, who has proven himself to be nothing more than a mercenary, has made up his mind to simply leave the Gunners and join a rival club for the sake of £20,000-a-week extra.
It’s a huge shame. Sagna has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers over the last seven years - but he’s about to leave his legacy as a Gunners’ player in tatters. No Arsenal fan will be able to truly remember the Frenchman as anything other than a traitor when he leaves the club this summer.
Rather than playing Sagna, who has made it quite clear that he doesn’t want to be at Arsenal anymore, Wenger should hand Carl Jenkinson - someone who knows exactly what it means to be an Arsenal player - the nod over his want-away teammate in this weekend’s FA Cup final.
Sagna would probably only sell his winners’ medal, anyway.