There has been growing numbers in the Arsenal following suggesting that Bacary Sagna should be given a new contract to his liking rather than the measly two years apparently on the table from Arsenal. There is a fear that at seasons end he will open up discussions with English clubs and chief amongst the takers appears to be Manchester City, we assume his agent has already done a lot of talking in the last 6 months with European clubs.
(As an aside the fact that City are looking at free transfers to bolster their squad would seem to be evidence of FFP showing its teeth.)
Bacary Sagna is 31 and as such a three year contract presents a large risk to the club, even a two year contract looks long when you consider his game is built on pace and strength. Can he continue to perform at the levels we have seen previously as his legs age?
Whilst driving to work yesterday I contemplated the predicament, Bacary is experienced and committed, he is consistent, he knows the Arsenal way, those should be reason enough to keep him.
But at 31 when your legs start to go you need to offer slightly more on the pitch to help those around you, look at the likes of Terry, Gerard, Lampard and even our own Flamini this season, the reason they continue to be renewed and play is because they bring more to the pitch than their ball skills, they bring organisation and leadership, they’ve been there seen it done it, if the match is going a certain way they sense it and help the younger players around them get through.
At 31 I would expect Bacary to be a leader on the pitch, but we don’t see it, more often he appears to be a player that takes the pitch to do his job and his job only he seems unaware that those around him are struggling, he works better with certain players (Theo primarily). I am not questioning his commitment to the cause but it is strange to think as one of the most experienced and long serving squad members he is not considered Captain or Vice Captain material, in fact others who have joined later have usurped him in these roles.
That for me is why it is time to say goodbye to Bacary, he has served us well, and I wish him all the best in the future wherever it be.
Written by Gooner in Exile