After Arsenal’s 5-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, there seem to be more bad news on the horizon for Arsene Wenger. His first-choice right-back, Bacary Sagna, and the club's reserve goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski, have reportedly turned down new contract offers.
According to the Daily Star, both players have turned down new deals with the Gunners, and are likely to leave the club at the end of the season.
Undoubtedly the loss of Sagna would be the bigger blow, as he has been one of Wengers most consistent performers this season.
The 31-year-old is reportedly upset Arsenal didn’t approach him sooner and leaving talks until his final year at the club – in sharp contrast to their approach to other stars.
Although Wenger was prepared to change his rule of offering over 30’s only a one-year extension, the two year-deal offered to Sagna was financially not good enough.
The club wanted to retain his £60.000-a-week salary, with PSG and Monaco reportedly prepared to offer him double the amount.
Whilst Sagna still has to confirm his decision, Fabianski stated publically that he didn’t accept a new contract offer.
“I want to be No.1 in the club and in the Polish national team. I have learned a lot at London during very positive and challenging periods,” Fabianski is quoted.
With biggest respect to this great club, I didn’t accept the extension offer as I am looking forward to a new challenge in England or abroad.”
Sagna seems to be another first-team member, who will leave the Emirates despite being an Arsenal pillar in recent years. Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie all recently opted for a move away from Arsenal and have won trophies with their new clubs.
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