Arsene Wenger has suggested that anyone who isn’t happy at Arsenal should leave. The manager was pressed on comments made by Bacary Sagna in which he criticised the club’s sale of Alex Song this summer.
“I believe any player or any employee always had to defend the company he works for and if he is not completely happy with it then he has to go somewhere else,” said Wenger. “That is basically what I think. That is what I say to everybody.”
However, Wenger refused to aim his comments specifically at Sagna.
“I didn’t say about the player, just about everybody,” he said. “You have to defend your company, but I’ve said as well that Bacary loves the club and will stay here. He didn’t want to be negative.
“I expect him to stay and I want him to stay because the interview does not really reflect at all what he thinks about the club. He has always shown total commitment on the football pitch – for the team and the club. That is much more important.
“It’s important to understand what he wanted to say. You have the freedom to say what you want in life but it is also important you understand what people feel about the club and their job. It’s always important to have good communication with them.”
Sagna is out of contract in 2014 but Wenger added that while, at 29, the club expect him to sign a new deal they will not be offering him a five-year contract. The club are expected to open talks with the France international this season rather than wait until he has less than a year to run