SAGNA WANTS MORE

A few weeks ago Bacary Sagna stated that he wants an increase of his earnings in order for him to remain with Arsenal. The Frenchman has a contract that runs up until the end of the season and in order for him continue being an Arsenal player, the price of keeping him will be more than €20 million.

The 31 years old defender has already rejected 2 offers which were made by the Premier League club which includes a 2 year long deal with wages of €60,000 a week but it is believed that he instead wants a €6 million signing fee and wants to earn more than €90,000 each week in order for him to continue his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

If Arsenal is unable on agreeing the terms of Bacary Sagna, at the end of the season the Frenchman will be free to discuss a summer move away from the club and there already are clubs interested in signing including Galatasaray and Inter Milan.

Arsene Wenger wants to keep Sagna at the club as the only other recognized right-back at his squad is Carl Jenkinson but with his wages being so high, it would be even better for the English club to consider making a move for a free agent in the transfer market during the summer.

After not being able to sign Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in the January transfer window, Wenger is still in the hunt for a few players that can boost the attacking department of the team and Julian Draxler is on top of his wish-list as well as Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.

CHANCE TO WIN

Arsenal is enjoying one of their best seasons in the last few years as they were at the very top of the Premier League for most of the campaign and now are 1 point behind the table toppers Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger and his squad have silenced critics who did not believe that the ‘’Gunners’’ were able to compete against some of the other clubs in the league. They have already secured victories against Liverpool, Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in this current campaign which has allowed them not only to stay in the 1st few spots of the English league but also snatch a place into the last 16 teams in the Champions League.

The most difficult challenge awaits them now as they have to face off against the German titans Bayern Munich. Manchester United was drawed against Olympiakos which is a fairly simpler fixture for David Moyes and his men but unfortunately for Arsenal they were pitted against Bayern Munich, a team that is running past everything which is laid against them in the Bundesliga.

According to the defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal has become a much more united team that has developed big ambitions and they are capable of surprising Bayern Munich when they face off.

“This year, Arsenal has a lot of ambition and are fighting for the league title. We have qualified in the FA Cup and we will do everything to qualify in the Champions League.

“We know it will be a difficult game and now it is important to recover very well because we had so many games. Today, we will start thinking about Bayern. We know it won’t be an easy game because Bayern are a very strong team, but we are Arsenal, we have big ambitions. If we want to qualify, we have to get a good result against Bayern’’. Flamini told the media.

ARSENAL HAVE FRESH TARGETS

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have been linked with a number of targets that might be arriving in this transfer window as they want to continue keeping their titles hopes alive and maintain their top spot at the Premier League but despite all of the rumors concerning new arrivals, nothing has really been done.

The transfer window is just a few days away from closing and Wenger will have to wait until the summer if he wants to offload or sign new players.

Schalke’s Julian Draxler is a top target on the radar of Wenger and the representatives of the player are believed to be receiving setting up places to talk about the future of the German midfielder. Draxler wants to make his move to a club where the chances of getting the Champions League title and other significant silverware are much better than his current club but it is highly unlikely that Schalke are interested in releasing one of their best performers.

Porto’s Jackson Martinez was being tracked down by Arsenal and Chelsea as the Colombian forward has been enjoying an impressive season with his club but the player is on the verge of extending his contract with Porto as he seems to be reluctant on moving away from Porto anytime soon.

Luis Manuel Manso is the agent of Jackson Martinez and he stated that an agreement has already been done regarding the future of his client as he will be renewing a contract with Porto.

‘’I will travel to Porto next week to discuss the renewal. There is already an agreement to renew,” Manso told the paper.

Nicklas Bendtner is a player that was expected to be making his move away from Arsenal as he just could not find a spot in the manager’s plan which is why he was out on loan at Juventus and when the loan was over, Crystal Palace seemed to have agreed a deal for the Danish player but the move was cancelled.

STILL HOPE

Even though Andrei Arshavin did not play any part in Russia’s friendly matches against Serbia and South Korea, the head coach Fabio Capello said that Arshavin still has a chance to play for the 2014 World Cup as the door remains open for any player of the national team.

‘’Im open to all players’’ Capello was quoted as saying by the Russian television network Dozhd. ‘’ Hes an excellent player, but he needs to play’’ the Italian tactician said.

The last time Arshavin played with Russia was back in 2012 when they went against Ivory Coast in a friendly encounter but ever since then he has not made any other appearance for his national team.

The 32 years old player of Zenit talked about the surprising start and title charge that Arsenal are making in the Premier League.

Arsenal claimed a fairly comfortable 2-0 triumph against Liverpool as they are becoming true contenders on taking away the crown from the current champions Manchester United.

Arshavin said: “I was surprised that Arsenal won so comfortably, Liverpool are in excellent form right now. But Arsenal are also playing much better than they have over the last two or three years”, he added.

The Zenit forward also praised the impact of Mesut Ozil, who joined the club in a £42.5 million transfer concluded on the final day of the summer window in September.

“The signing of Ozil has brought stability to the side and this season Arsenal has a chance to finish in first place.”

Arshavin scored 31 goals in 144 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League side Arsenal until making a return to the club that he played in when he was a youth, Zenit Saint Peterburg.

ZENIT FACE VIENNA

Zenit St Petersburg will take on Austria Vienna in a Champions League match at Petrovsky Stadium on Tuesday. This is the second match for the Russian club in the main draw. In their first game against the Spanish club Atletico Madrid, they had suffered a 1-3 defeat which pushed them to the bottom of the Group G points table. They are desperate for a win at the moment and they have a great opportunity to do so against Vienna which is a slightly weaker side.

Zenit is doing fantastically well in its domestic league i.e. Russian Premier League at the moment. They have won 8 out of the 11 games that they have played so far and they are presently at the top of the points table. In their last game against Spartak Moscow, the Sky Blues secured a 4-2 win which would have certainly boosted their confidence. They will go into the match against Vienna feeling good about themselves; that’s for sure.

The Zenit winger Andrey Arshavin came to talk to the reporters in the pre match press conference. When he was asked about his thoughts on the opposition, he said, “This is the first time that I am going to play against Vienna. I don’t watch the games of the Austrian Bundesliga either. So, I don’t have any idea what they are capable of and that’s why I wouldn’t like to make any comment at this point of time. Let’s see what happens on the ground. But, I don’t think that this match is going to decide our fate in this tournament.”

This is the first time ever that these two teams are going to face each other and if we compare them on paper, Zenit looks the clear favourite.