London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear to the players in his squad that restless player are free to leave if not satisfied at the club. Wenger`s warning came in the aftermath of right-back Barcary Sagna`s comments, which questioned club`s summer transfer strategy, especially the sale of Alex Song and Robin Van Persie.
Wenger has spoken personally with Sagna about his remarks and stressed on Thursday that he expected the 29 year-old to extend a contract that expires in 2014.
"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," the Telegraph quoted Wenger, as saying.
"That is basically what I think. That is what I say to everybody," he added. Asked specifically about Sagna, Wenger said: "I didn’t say about the player, just about everybody. 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," he said. "It’s important to understand what he wanted to stay. 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," he concluded.