Is Sagna’s time up at Arsenal? by AH
Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna has spent the majority of his career with the Gunners, after signing from Ligue 1 side Auxerre back in 2007. In those 6 years Sagna has managed to make 175 league appearances, scoring just 3 goals. In his first years he competed with Emmanuel Eboue to nail down the Right Back position, however it was quickly seen who the better player was and Sagna soon managed to make a stance and become Arsenal’s regular Right Back. Since then he has never really managed to lose his place, mainly due to the lack of competition, however with Jenkinson now seemingly hot on his tail, could this be the French international’s last season with Arsenal?
Sagna is now 30 years old and will be in the last year of his contract next season. Wenger has implemented a policy of only offering 1 year contracts to players over 30 years old and so I feel that maybe this will be Sagna’s last year in an Arsenal shirt. A reported target of French billionaires Paris St Germaine (PSG), I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed to see Sagna go this summer.
Often known as ‘Mr Consistent’, Sagna’s level of ability has arguably dropped a lot, especially since he broke his leg twice in one year. Yesterday’s game against Manchester United was one of his worst performances of the season and that’s not just because he gave a penalty away. He was constantly getting beaten by Nani down the wing and left our defence open to attack. He seemed to have lost his pace and although Nani is one of the fastest players in the league, the defensive positioning was poor and Sagna was caught out over and over again.
Now of course, a player’s ability shouldn’t be criticized completely after just one game, however it seems to have been his game all season, and with Jenkinson improving at such a rapid rate I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Sagna drop out of the team. Whether that will be by selling the French International, or by simply dropping him out of the team, I think this will be Sagna’s last year as a regular Arsenal player. Do you agree?