Bacary Sagna has had a long injury lay off after breaking his leg twice while playing for Arsenal last season, but he is back and happy to be back, just as us Gooners are delighted to have him back. There have been reports suggesting disagreements between the French international and the club over a new contract, but if Sagna’s recent words are anything to go by, he will not be leaving the Emirates stadium anytime soon.
“It has been magic. I have enjoyed a lot playing for Arsenal and I still love it. Every time I go to the pitch, I just give 100 percent for the team.
“(The club) is like my family. My personal family is in France, but I feel at home here, I feel happy to come training and I feel relaxed. There are not many big clubs where you feel that confident.
“I think I have progressed a lot. That was my target, to come to such a big club and improve.
“I am very calm compared to when I came. I used to be a bit stressed before games, but now I am totally relaxed because of my team mates and the manager.”
The 29-year old has been a Gunner since 2007, making him the elder statesman of the current squad. Arsenal need him ti instil what he has learnt and experienced over the years into the newer and younger players. Wenger once described him as `the best right back in the Premier league` and Carl Jenkinson could not wish for a better role model.
Thankfully, Sagna has not been called into the France squad for the game against Italy tonight. He will be faced with Gareth Bale when Tottenham come to the Emirates on Saturday, so will need all of his energy and talent, but Sagna has got what it takes. Hopefully, we will soon hear that Arsenal have given him what he wants and secured his future with the club.