Bacary Sagna future: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals talks are not progressing over French right-back's future at club

French right-back's contract expires at the end of the season

Arsenal manager has revealed that talks over a contract extension for Bacary Sagna have reached a halt and it is now up to the French right-back to make a decision on his future.

Sagna's deal runs out at the end of the season, and he has been linked with a move to Manchester City, Internazionale and Paris Saint-Germain.

"At the moment they (talks) are not progressing. We know what we want from him, he knows what is on the table and that is where we are," said Wenger.

"The ball is not in our camp anymore, it is in his camp, and he needs to come back to us."

Arsenal host Newcastle on Monday night looking to cement their place in the top four of the Premier League ahead of Everton.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen is expected back from a hamstring problem.

However, midfielder Abou Diaby will not be rushed into a return from a serious knee injury after reporting a slight groin problem after playing for the Under-21s in midweek, which was what his first action since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Swansea in March 2013.

 

"Diaby played one half [for the under-21s]. How far away he is is difficult to say, but he had a little groin problem after the game so will not be available for Monday," said Wenger.

Defender Kieran Gibbs is still sidelined by a hamstring problem, while England midfielder Jack Wilshere continues his recovery.

"Jack is progressing well. He is is still on target to be with our team in the last couple of games," Wenger added.

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