Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal may drastically adapt their contract policy to retain the services of one of their very best players.
Arsenal are ready to offer Bacary Sagna a three year deal to stay at Emirates Stadium – breaking a club policy of only offering one year extensions to those players over the age of 30.
Sagna has been a brilliant servant for the Gunners though; not only proving himself one of the best right backs in the Premier League, but also showing he can fill in very well at centre half when required.
The France international has been a major part of Arsenal’s impressive 13 clean sheets this season, and shows no sign of decline at the age of 31.
His ability to run up and down the line in support of the attack throughout the game has proved greatly effective, and he may be Arsenal’s best crosser.
Sagna is also a superb defender, and Arsene Wenger knows it may be worth Arsenal breaking their own self-imposed rules to retain his services.
“He (Sagna) has an offer, he has not come back to us yet,” said Wenger to the Daily Mirror, who said that if Manchester City had made an offer it would be against football regulations.
“That (City offer) cannot be right because it’s illegal.
“I’m confident he will stay but we will accept his decision. No matter what his decision will be, we will accept it and go on with it.”
When asked about the one-year contract policy for the over-30s, Wenger suggested the Gunners were willing to change.
“Look, not for the defenders no. It depends. It’s a general law in our club yes. But after it’s not a stupid law, we look at individual cases and we adapt it to the individuals.”