By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is surprised by recent speculation surrounding Bacary Sagna - because Arsenal have held "positive negotiations" with the France right back.

Newspaper reports have linked Sagna with a move away from Emirates Stadium but his manager was quick to play down those rumours at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"I do not understand this speculation," said Wenger.

"He [Sagna] has one and a half years of his contract to go, and we are in negotiations with him to extend the contract, which are very positive.

"So I am quite amazed by these statements because it is the complete opposite of the feelings we have with the player, and with the negotiations we have had about his extension."

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