In a wide ranging interview with French publication Atlantique Magazine, Bacary Sagna insists he is fully committed to the Arsenal cause but admits that Arsenal have struggled in the first half of the season without Robin van Persie’s goals.
The 29-year-old, who will be out of contract at the end of next season, has suffered a disconcerting drop in form in the last few weeks, but despite his personal struggles insists that he and his teammates are fully focused on mounting a recovery over the next few months.
“Slow,” said Sagna, when asked to describe Arsenal’s start to the season.
“It was a difficult to start for several reasons. We lost key players and there were also quite a few arrivals. We know very well that it always takes a little while for everyone to settle. Arsenal has been used to Youth Academy players [stepping up] so it’s a bit more complicated when there are players who come from the outside. But I hope it will come.
“We want the best second half of the season as possible. We have to go as far as possible in the competitions we’re involved in. We have qualified for the next round of the FA Cup. In the Champions League, there will be a lot of matches which we have to stay focused for if we’re to do our best. We are underdogs but we have still a lot of pressure. The fact that we haven’t won anything for quite some time means people expect a lot from us.”
The French international, who also confirmed that his recent injury travails have represented the biggest test of his career, also took time out to praise former teammate Robin van Persie claiming his influence is sorely missed at Arsenal.
“Van Persie carried the team on his own last season and he is doing the same at Manchester United this year. Having a player like him makes a difference. It’s awesome. I didn’t think it was possible to do what he does. When I arrived at Arsenal he had a lot of injuries, but he’s sure to score a lot of goals, the central position isn’t given to everyone.”
Asked about his own future in North London and whether he might move in the future, Sagna stressed that while under contract he was fully committed to the Gunners cause, although he admitted that anything could happen further down the line.
“Honestly I am under contract with Arsenal, I give myself fully as I am under contract with my club. It’s a difficult question. I would like to win something with the club before I leave. I don’t want to give an answer now, because a lot can happen in football but personally I give back what I can to the club.”9,979 views