Back in the side after injury, Bacary Sagna says he hopes his understudy, Carl Jenkinson, continues his progress and says that the competition for the right back spot will drive be good for both players.
Speaking at last night’s press conference, the French international said, “We always have the same battle and that is to fight for the shirt at Arsenal and bring the team to the top.
“I am very happy for him because he did very well. For me it will push me to give the maximum game by game. I have the opportunity now so I will give the maximum.
“If he is playing then I will push him to become one of the best right backs. And that is what he has the potential to be.”
Sagna is also looking a response from the team to ensure we finish top of our Champions League group.
“We are professional footballers and we want to finish first. We want to win the maximum amount of games. This is big challenge now to be the best in the group. But as players we always want to be the best. It would mean we play against a team who finish second in their group.
“But at this stage of the competition every team is good. So we have to keep focused on our team, keep going and keep working hard.”
It will be tough but Schalke have lost their last two home contests with English sides and not scored in three. They went down 2-0 to both Manchester United in the 2010/11 semi-final first leg and Manchester City in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage.
Let’s hope we make that a nice treble.