Sagna turned down chance to train with Arsenal


Bacary Sagna has revealed that he turned down an invitation to train with Arsenal while he was without a club, citing respect for Mathieu Debuchy’s circumstances as the reason.

The 35-year-old spent eight months without a club after leaving Manchester City in the summer before joining Italian side Benevento on a free in January.

It turns out that during that club-less period Arsene Wenger extended an invitation to the former Gunner, who spent seven years at the Emirates, to train at London Colney. Not wanting to step on the toes of Debuchy, who at the time couldn’t get in the first team, Sagna politely declined the opportunity.

“I could have trained with Arsenal,” he told L’Equipe, “but I declined the offer because I had read in an interview that Arsene Wenger claimed to have too many players.

“Then, out of respect for Mathieu (Debuchy), who was still at the club…[I didn’t take up the invitation.”

Debuchy was signed as Sagna’s replacement in 2014 but departed the club with only 30 appearances to his name after being usurped by Hector Bellerin.

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