The Frenchman dismisses reports in Italy suggesting otherwise.
There is more frustration for Arsenal as manager Arsene Wenger confirms that a new a deal for right-back Bacary Sagna is not close to being agreed.
Reports from Italy suggested the 31-year-old was on the verge of a new contract but Wenger has dismissed that as speculation.
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Sagna has been in fine form for the Gunners this season and along with Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs, has greatly improved the team’s defence.
The north Londoners have kept 12 clean-sheets in the Premier League – with only West Ham United having kept more – and have conceded just 26 goals, second only to Chelsea’s 21.
Yet tying up a new contract for Sagna is proving to be extremely difficult, with the France international’s current deal expiring in the summer.
The likes of AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain have been strongly linked with a move for the full-back, but the Emirates Stadium faithful would be disappointed to see the Frenchman leave.
Sagna arrived in north London in the summer of 2007 for £7m from Auxerre and has since played 267 matches for the club in all competitions.
The defender is also an established presence in the national team, earning 38 caps for Les Bleus to date and competing with Newcastle United’s Mathieu Debuchy for a place in the starting XI at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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