Date: 6th September 2012 at 11:59am
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Bacary Sagna has sounded the first shots in the old contract negotiation dance in an interview with L’Equipe published this morning. It’s a common trick, the old ‘give a doubtful sounding interview to a foreign paper to give the club the willies and then if I do end up signing, I can always say the interview was mistranslated’ trick.

Sagna questioned the loss of Alex Song this summer, ‘Everyone was expecting Robin Van Persie to leave, but Alex Song had three years left on his contract he’s 24, that was a surprise. I don’t understand that at all. It is a big loss for the club.

‘When you see two of the best players from last season leave, you ask a lot of questions. I understand why the supporters are nervous.’

‘I am the only starting player left from 2007. In May, I watched City’s parade on TV. I saw Samir and Gael lift the trophy. I want that [feeling].’

‘In the street, supporters sometimes come to see me. I can understand that they’re annoyed. I’m like them – I don’t understand everything,’ added Sagna.

Now you’re all anxious, right? You’re a bit annoyed at the club, correct? So you’re on his side? Fantastic, now let’s talk contracts. (Pay rise).

‘For the moment, I want to play with Arsenal, and find my level again.’

When a journalist (conveniently) asked him about his own contract, ‘No, nobody (has spoken to me about a new deal).’

Well, they damn well should! Someone sound the panic klaxon! Give that man a pay rise quick! Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!