Bacary Sagna had spoken about his poor form at Arsenal this season before the game against Sunderland yesterday. He was as disappointed with his form as the Arsenal fans have been, and could not put his finger on what was wrong, but felt he was lacking in confidence and just needed to get going. After being drafted into central defence at the last minute yesterday, he produced his best performance of the season by a long way.
The twinge in Laurent Koscielny’s calf could turn out to be a real blessing for Arsenal and Sagna. Perhaps it was the fact that he was playing out of position and was not expected to do as well. Perhaps he was more focused on his new position and just tried to get the basics right. Perhaps he just realised that Arsenal were in a hole and he was determined to dig us out. Whatever the reason, the Frenchman was immense at the back against the Black Cats.
He was tough, quick and simply would not be beaten. He read the attacks by Sunderland and put his head and body on the line to make sure we won the game. Sagna will be feeling good about himself today, and I am confident that will translate to his next game, which should be back in his preferred position of right back.
With Monreal looking assured on the left, Arsenal seem to have got the defence working just in time for the Champions league game against Bayern Munich.