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Wenger: I didn't invite Remy

ESPN staff
May 4, 2014
Arsene Wenger insists he wants Bacary Sagna to stay at Arsenal © Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has denied inviting Loic Remy to watch Arsenal's 1-0 win over West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday amid speculation the forward could sign for the club this summer.

Remy, who has scored 14 goals on loan at Newcastle this season from Queens Park Rangers and is widely expected to find a new club, was in attendance for Arsenal's last home game of the season.

"Honestly, I've just been informed that Loic Remy was here and I didn't know," Wenger told reporters after the match.

"So don't see any sign of us signing Remy [from that]. I hope he paid for his ticket! I did not invite him."

With Bacary Sagna's contract set to expire, Wenger called on the right-back to sign a new deal.

"I want him to stay," Wenger added. "There are two players at the end of their contracts, Sagna and [Lukasz] Fabianski. If it's down to me, they both stay."

Wenger also insisted he will continue at the club next season. Asked if the win over West Brom might have been his final home game in charge, he replied: "No, no. Don't be impatient; my last game will come. Don't worry.

"Yes, [I will be here next season]. I have told you many times, my word is my word," he added.

With fourth placed sealed before the game, Wenger reflected on Arsenal's failed title push, again blaming key injuries.

"I am happy with the attitude, behaviour and consistency of my players and frustrated, as well, because we had 120 days at the top of the league," he said.

"When you look at it today, it's very tight - and then it comes into your mind, the points you dropped.

"We had injures - three or four players who missed too many games - and, in some games, at the start away from home, we were caught by surprise. We were perhaps too cautious and not confident enough. We paid a heavy price for it."

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