As sure as night follows day, grass is green, sky is blue and John Terry is history’s greatest monster, there will always be an Arsenal player talking about how they’re going to react in the wake of a bad result.
To be fair, most of the time they’re asked direction questions and the answer really can’t be “I dunno, I reckon we’re a bit fucked but sure we’ll go out and give it a lash and see what happens.”
There is only one response – the one in which they say they’ll keep going, keep fighting, having belief in themselves and, of course, to try and make it up to the fans. In recent times it has been Johan Djourou who has been the default go to guy in situation like this. Maybe that’s why his form is in the toilet, he knows that if we lose he has do the ‘fight, believe, fans’ schtick.
This time, however, it’s Bacary Sagna. Speaking to Arsenal Player he outlined the reaction needed ahead of the derby this Sunday.
“We have to keep our heads up, work hard and think about the Premier League because we have a derby next weekend against Tottenham.
“We need to do it for us and for the fans as well. We have to react. We can’t play like this against Tottenham otherwise we will lose.
“We have one week to get ready for the game, to question ourselves, to work and to talk to each other. We are professional and we have to fight until the end. Personally I want to do it and everyone else wants to do it as well.”
And he had a message for the fans who traveled to Milan and Sunderland, the fashion capitals of Europe
“We just want to thank them one more time even if we didn’t get the result. It is not easy for us and for them as well. We are just thankful for the support that they give us and we’ll try to win next weekend.
“We have to look forwards. We are fourth in the Premier League and we can’t let it go like this.”
And while we’ve heard it all plenty of times before, I love Bacary Sagna and if he’s hurting, we’re hurting and I believe he knows we’re hurting which hurts him even more.
Plus he’s got some unfinished business having had his leg broken during our last game against Sp*rs. In conclusion: Sagna for president!