Bacary Sagna has ended the speculation over his future by confirming that he has played his final game for Arsenal. The France international is expected to sign for Premier League champions Manchester City on a free transfer before the start of the World Cup finals, which get underway on June 12.
Sagna is poised to sign a three-year deal with the Citizens worth a reported £150,000-a-week - although the right-back insisted earlier this week that no deal is in place with any other club. He gave himself a 10 per cent chance of staying at the Emirates Stadium past this summer, but any faint hope of the full-back staying with the Gunners now appears to be dead in the water.
Speaking at Clairefontaine, where France are continuing their World Cup preparations, Sagna told reporters from respected French publication L'Equipe: "It is no longer a secret, I am leaving Arsenal, it is certain.
"They (Arsenal) made an effort, but the discussions did not go in the direction that I wanted."
Arsenal had hoped Sagna would opt to stay with the north London outfit following this month's dramatic FA Cup final victory over Hull City, which earned the Gunners their first piece of silverware since 2005. The 31-year-old was offered £80,000-a-week to stay with the club he spent the past seven years at, but that deal paled in comparison to City's astronomical contract offer.
However, Sagna faces a difficult job to oust Manchester City's first-choice right-back Pablo Zabaleta, who has arguably been the best Premier League player in his position over the last two seasons.