Bacary Sagna says he’s not yet set a date for his first team return but made clear he has full faith in Carl Jenkinson after watching the young pretender’s development during his absence.
The French international played an hour for Arsenal’s under-21s last night as he stepped up his recovery from his second broken leg in twelve months and speaking after the match was clearly relieved to be kicking a ball again.
“It is amazing to be back,” he told Arsenal.com. “I have been waiting for this moment for five months.
“This was my target: to come back and play, firstly for the under-21 team. Everything went well and we won, so I am very happy.
“I have been working really hard. I spent some time in the rehab centre, then I came back and worked really hard with the fitness coach and the physios to be ready to play – and finally I have.
“When you have such a big injury once, you take it, but twice is hard. In my mind I was a bit sad, but the next day I was ready for the challenge, which was to come back stronger and I am in a good way today.”
With Sagna unlikely to be ready in time for Arsenal’s next match against Norwich, Carl Jenkinson has another shot at consolidating his hold on the right-back slot. Tipping the 20-year-old for a bright future, Sagna continued:
“He has been really good, and has learned a lot. He is a bit more confident with the ball, and is very solid as a defender.
“He brings a lot to the team, and I am very happy for him because he is a hard worker, a very good guy and is going to be one of the best.”
Obviously in a far better mood than when he jabbered to the French press last month about Wenger selling Song and the Dutch cunny, Sagna even went so far as to back Arsenal’s title chances after a promising start to the season.
“We have been solid,” he said. “I think we can win the league: we have to take it step by step, but we have the quality necessary to play until the end of the season and win.”