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The 29-year-old has ruled out a similar move up north, while admitting that Sunday's clash at the Emirates Stadium could have a severe effect on each side's aims for the season

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has vowed that he will never move to Manchester City, despite a number of former colleagues opting for a switch to the Eithad Stadium in recent years.

The likes of Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy are some of those who have previously made the swapped Lodon for Manchester.

However, Sagna has no interest in a similar move and has instead reaffirmed his commitment to Arsene Wenger’s side, even expressing a desire to extend his current deal, which expires in 2014.

Arsenal are 8/1 with Bet365 to beat Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday.

“I am very happy here, everyone is so close," Sagna told The Sunday Mirror.

“Yes, I would be happy to stay even longer but to be honest I don’t think that far ahead. If it happens, it happens. I just want to stay part of this Arsenal squad.

“Even when I see Gael play now for City, it is strange but I still see him as an Arsenal player!

"But they all left and there is no problem for me that they did. They had just one year left on their contracts and they wanted to be part of the project at Manchester City."

The two teams meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and Sagna knows a defeat for either side will have a severely adverse effect on their respective season aims.

Roberto Mancini admits that a loss would end City's title bid
"We have been consistent in the last two months and if we maintain that consistency there will not be many twists and turns," Wenger told reporters.

"You never know how easy a programme is in this Premier League because if you look at the last two months we won at Liverpool and Everton, and then lost at QPR. That was not really predictable, so it is still difficult to predict.

"I am convinced we can finish third, like Tottenham are convinced they can do it. That is normal because we are at the same level of points."

Arsenal host title-chasing Manchester City on Sunday who could be looking to close an eight-point deficit between themselves and Manchester United, should the champions beat QPR in the early kick-off.

However, though the Gunners have failed to net in five of their last six against City and the Manchester outfit have not scored at the Emirates in their last four visits, Wenger is expecting goals.

“But it is a massive game for us as well as them. They want to win the title. If they don’t win against us, then it is over for them.

"For us it is important because we want to qualify for the Champions League and we are fighting against Tottenham and Chelsea to be in there. And we want to finish third with a qualifying game.

“That is why we will be even more proud if we beat them. They are one of the best teams in the Premier League because they have so many big players and so much money.”