When the news broke that Bacary Sagna had agreed terms over a deal which would see him leave Arsenal and join Manchester City, it’s fair to say more than just a few Gunners fans were left feeling pretty miffed.
Now though Arsene Wenger’s latest comments could have taken their frustration to the next level, as the Frenchman has speculated that Sagna might have planned to move to the Etihad far earlier than he let on.
Wenger blasts Sagna
As relayed by the Daily Express Wenger has revealed that he offered his former right-back a three year deal to stay in north London - which is at odds with the idea that the player left over wage demands on a one year contract.
The Gunners boss then went on to detail that he thought Sagna had his might made up a long-time ago, which is an theory the Arsenal faithful are unlikely to warm to. The France international is rumoured to be on a whopping £150k-a-week at City, and as such a fair few quarters are criticising him for supposed money-grabbing.
He may no longer be a fan favourite at the Emirates, but at least he’s getting paid a kingly sum each week so he probably won’t mind.
This news comes off the back of Sagna's recent interviews with City, wherein he detailed exactly why he left north London. The France international confirmed that fellow ex-Gunners Samir Nasri and Gail Clichy had a hand in making his decision to move to the Etihad, whilst he also delivered something of a jibe by insisting that he had chosen to depart Arsenal to increase his chances of winning trophies.
Double Emirates exit
As for Wenger he’s got more on his mind to worry about, as both Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere are said to be wanted by overseas clubs. Vermaelen finds himself in the centre of a transfer wrangle between Barcelona and Manchester United, whereas Wilshere has been linked with a shock switch to Juventus.
Coincidentally it's thought that United's long-running pursuit of Arturo Vidal could be the overriding factor which determines the latter's future, as the Chilean's Serie A club are yet undecided as to whether or not they'll need to replace him. If he does leave, and they subsequently have to fill the hole left by his departure, then they have lined up Wilshere to do just that, and will of course have the money to fund the move.
Yet if United don't force through the move, and Vidal stays at Turin, then it makes sense to assume Juventus won't have nearly the financial clout required to move for Wilshere. Quite the conundrum.