The Frenchman is adamant that the Gunners are going places and wants the likes of Bacary Sagna to commit to a new contract in the hopes of achieving their ambitions
Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal have no intention of letting key players leave the club this summer.
Several of the north Londoners’ squad have been linked with exits recently, with contract rebel Bacary Sagna yet to agree a new deal and set to leave on a free transfer, but Wenger is determined to keep his squad together.
“We want the players to stay here because this club has big ambitions for the future,” said the Frenchman at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with West Brom.
The Gunners are close to securing fourth place at Everton’s expense and Wenger added: “We want to finish as close as possible to the top and win our remaining games
“One of the ingredients we’ve had this season was to respond when everyone was writing us off. We missed some vital games this season but we have been remarkably consistent.
“Against the teams who did not fight for the Premier League title we’ve done our job.
“We had too many injuries in March and February and we always had to play the same players.”
While Sagna’s long-term future remains uncertain, his participation against the Baggies in the short term is also in doubt, with Wenger confirming that the full-back “is a doubt for Sunday” with a knee injury.
“It will be the same squad [as against Newcastle],” the manager declared, while revealing that “Kieran Gibbs is very close now and Jack Wilshere is not far away.”