Although many Arsenal players have been lured to Manchester City with the promise of jewels and riches, Bacary Sagna says he won’t be one of them.
The right back is one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers, and fans will be glad that not only is he more than happy at the club, he’d be quite willing to sign on for longer. Not for him waiting around to see what’s on offer or letting his contract run down.
An an interview published in the Sunday Mirror he said, “I am very happy here. Everyone is so close. 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.
“We have a great team, a young team. And the spirit here is great. We have shown that recently with the way we got into the top four when we were so far behind.
“Yes, we lost at Queens Park Rangers in our last game but the simple fact is they fought harder than us. It was a good wake-up call.”
Today we face a City side which could contain both Gael Clichy and $amir Na$ri, something Sagna admits to finding ‘strange’. And while Na$ri in particular will come in for grief for the way he behaved, the French international says he understands why then went.
“You know, 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.
“I mean, they had just one year left on their contracts and they wanted to be part of the project at Manchester City. That was their choice.”
A win today would be put Arsenal back into third place, quite an achievement considering the start to the season and the January blip, but Sagna wants more.
“We have showed character to come back and be able to challenge for third place,” he said. “But we really want to win a trophy. I am confident that will happen. We are not far and that is what makes me crazy.”
No trophies, does that make me crazy? Possibly.