By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger expects Bacary Sagna to stay with Arsenal and believes that the right back remains positive about the club's future.
Sagna made headlines during the international break with his comments about Arsenal's transfer policy but his manager insists that his compatriot's comments were taken out of context.
"I've said that Bacary loves the club and will stay here," said Wenger, "and his article has been twisted a little bit because he spoke about Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla and there was never a word of that in the article.
"He didn't want to be negative but you all know what you can do with any statement.
"Yes [I spoke to him]. It's important to understand what he wanted to say. What he wanted to say was not exactly the spirit of the whole thing.
"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."
"It [a new contract for Sagna] will be discussed," added Wenger. "I expect him to stay and I want him to stay. The interview does not really reflect at all the love he has for this club because he has always shown total commitment on the football pitch - for the team and the club."
Sagna expressed his concern at the recent departure of Alex Song and Wenger was not surprised by that.
"That he was disappointed [that Song left], I can understand that," said the manager. "But when you look at the number of players we have in midfield, you can understand that as well.
"He is close to Diaby as well. So when you have Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla and Song, one can't play."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source