Auxerre full-back Bakari Sagna has demanded the club allow him to move to Arsenal.

The defender is understoood to be a target for the Premier League club, although Auxerre claim that they intend to hang on to the player.

“I don’t know how I will react,” Sagna said when asked what would happen if Auxerre did not agree to his departure.

“I always worked my hardest to receive such offers. Now that I have these opportunities, I especially do not want to miss them.

“The foreign experience does not frighten me. I am ready to make the great jump.”

Sagna admits he has not held talks with Arsenal, but revealed he has spoken to Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby about life at Emirates Stadium.

“It is a club I like enormously,” he added. “I had the chance to discuss it with Abou Diaby at a gathering of the French squad.

“He said to me that he liked it a lot and that, if I came, it would enable me to become better.

“For me, it would be a really exciting challenge. Arsenal has a promising team, which plays good football.

“It is not for nothing that they are one of the best English and European clubs.”