Arsene Wenger: 'If it's down to me Sagna stays'

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has this afternoon revealed he is still desperate to convince both Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski to stay at the Emirates next season, but Swedish international Kim Kallstrom will not stay in North London beyond the end of his current loan spell.

Lengthy contract negotiations between Sagna and Gunners chiefs have failed to see the French international pledge his long-term future to the club, leading to widespread speculation that Premier League rivals Manchester City are set to sign the 31-year-old on a free transfer at the close of the campaign.

Sagna overcame a knee problem to feature in Arsenal's final home match of the campaign today, a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, with a post-match lap of honour featuring an audible cry of "Bacary Sagna, we want you to stay" from the home faithful.

Wenger has echoed those sentiments and insisted if it was down to him Sagna would come back from the World Cup to feature at the heart of Arsenal's defence for an eight successive season, but the issue is now out of his hands.

In his post-match press conference the Gunners boss told GiveMeSport: "I hope that todayconvinces him that we love him here, its down to me they both stay [Sagna and Fabianski]."

The Arsenal supremo was far more concrete on surprise last-ditch January loan signing Kallstrom though, admitting that he has no plans to pursue turning the midfielder's switch into a permanent one this summer.

He briefly revealed: "Kallstrom belongs to Moscow and will go back to Moscow."

Arsenal fans made it clear they want the club to reach a compromise with Sagna over a new long-term deal, with negotiations set to continue once Arsenal's rollercoaster season has concluded with the FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17th.

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