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Sagna extends Arsenal deal but chairman questions loyalty of others

Arsenal have announced that right back Bacary Sagna has extended his contract with the club, despite only arriving in north London last summer.

The French international was arguable one of the buys of the season as he slotted straight into the right back position. Sagna joined the club on a four year contract from Auxerre, costing the Gunners a reputed £6 million, which now seems a bargain.

However, Arsenal have revealed that the 25-year-old has now committed himself to a deal that should keep him at Emirates Stadium until 2014, with his salary reputed to have increased to £50,000 per week.

Next in line for contract negotiations are Cesc Fabregas and Emmanuel Adebayor. Fab 4's current deal expires in 2014, but Arsene Wenger is keen to offer the 21-year-old midfield playmaker improved terms so that he can secure Cesc's services for many years to come. Likewise, Le Gaffer is hoping to keep top scorer Adebayor at the club for a few more years with a new deal.

The so-called Webster ruling that allows players to buy themselves out of their remaining contract now means that clubs may be forced to renegotiate player contracts on an annual basis as a way of reducing the risk of their stars walking away. And that's obviously irked Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who has called the loyalty of players into question...

Hill-Wood has vowed that Arsenal will not break its stringent wage structure, despite concerns from the likes of Robin van Persie who fears that the current salary policy is preventing the club from signing world class talent.

Speaking to the Daily Star (which for some reason seems to be our chairman's newspaper of choice), Hill Wood says, "Nowadays, a lot of people sign four-year contracts and you heave a sigh of relief. Six months later they come marching in saying they want double the wages.

"The only answer is to tell them they are on that contract and that's it. Unless you do that, the game will become chaotic and descend into anarchy."

He added, "I think there are very few people who have really got the tradition of the club at heart. You can name them on one hand. Actually I can't name them on one hand and that's a great pity."

Unfortunately player loyalty is not really part of the modern game. Indeed, while fans such as myself always put club before country, the international game seems to be the only place for loyalty these days, but that's probably because FIFA hasn't sanctioned players to switch nationalities. Yet.

But what do you make of Hill-Wood's comments? Is he expecting too much of our foreign stars to pledge their long term futures to Arsenal? Or should us fans be demanding more loyalty from the millionaires whose lifestyles we help fund? Share your comments here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 5, 2008 10:19 AM in News| Players
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its your fault for ignoring flamini all this time.. so please dont be blaming individuals to think for themselves. of u had them in ur thoughts , theywould return the favor.. people forget how clubs release players after 1 bad season!! haha
well done flamini got to the greener pasture coz HE EARNED IT! u get loyal to players and then they will return the favor!!
and am not a soccer player

Posted by: pascal | June 5, 2008 4:27 PM

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