Bacary Sagna, who is widely expected to quit Arsenal at the end of the season, has praised Stoke City for the way they have changed their style of football in recent years.
The club had a reputation for playing long balls and having a physical approach to the games when they were managed by Tony Pulis. After several years under his management, the club finally decided to go in for the change. Former Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has been brought to the club in the summer.
Bacary Sagna is looking destined to leave Arsenal at the end of the season as his contract expires after this year. Arsenal on the other hand is trying to offer him a new deal. Sagna reportedly has asked for a three year contract and a weekly fee of £100,000 which would make him one of the highest earning players in the squad.
Bacary Sagna has hailed the defenders of his team for their performance in the 2013-14 Season so far.
Arsenal became the league table toppers again yesterday by beating Fulham by 2-0 in a home game. It was the 10th occasion in the ongoing season that the Gunners didn’t concede a goal in the whole game and that’s remarkable. That clearly shows that the deep players of the team have been doing their job perfectly well.
Sagna who himself is a right back was talking to the reporters at the end of that Fulham game. When he was asked about Arsenal’s solid defensive show, he said, “When you don’t concede regularly, you feel confident as a unit.”
Bacary Sagna will not be able to feature for Arsenal in their next Premier League game against Hull City which is going to take place tomorrow at the Emirates Stadium. The reason behind his unavailability is his hamstring injury.
However, it has been made clear by the Arsenal management that the injury is a minor one and the 30 years old defender should be back soon.
Sagna has been an important player for the Gunners in the ongoing season. He has put up match winning shows for them and he is certainly going to be missed, but, Arsenal is lucky enough to have quality players like Carl Jenkinson as backups.
The French defender of Arsenal joined the English in 2007 but this might just be his last season with the club of which is guided by Arsene Wenger.
Despite losing 1 of his more important and experienced players it has been reported that the veteran coach is already setting his sights on possible replacements which include: Micah Richards of Manchester City, Stephan Lichtsteiner of Juventus and the more probable Rocha from Atletico Mineiro.
Bacary Sagna has injured his hamstring and he will not be able to give his services to Arsenal in their next Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion. Sagna picked up this injury while playing in the Champions League game against Napoli on Tuesday.
Sagna will not feature for Arsenal for the next 20 days or so which means he will miss the game against Norwich City and perhaps, the Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund too.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, the manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, confirmed Sagna’s unavailability for the next 3 weeks.
Arsenal full back Bacary Sagna is yet to sign a new deal that will see him commit his future to the cause of the club but according to ftbllr soccer blog, his wife would prefer to stay put in London if she could be in charge of things and not move to another city, be it Paris or Milan. Over the last few months, the French international has been linked with moves away from the Emirates Stadium with the likes of Inter Milan, Paris Saint Germain and even AS Monaco keen on the player.
Last season’s Premier League title race proved to be pretty underwhelming, both from a football and a sports betting perspective, as Manchester City and Chelsea both failed to mount a serious challenge to United over the course of the season. The situation is likely to be different this season, with United in transition following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, and changes at both of their main title rivals as well suggesting that it will be harder to places accurate bets on the title winner.
Arsenal has defeated Reading FC in a Premier League match played at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Arsenal won that match a big margin of 4-1.
This was the 18th defeat for Reading in the competition and very few of them are the close defeats. In most of the games, they have been beaten comprehensively and this was another one of those games. They are right at the bottom of the points table at the moment with only 23 points.
Arsene Wenger made a few changes in the starting XI for this match. Gervinho, Bacary Sagna, Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey were brought back into the line up.
Gervinho scored the first goal for the Gunners in the 11th minute. He was given a cross by Santi Cazorla and he slotted the ball home from a close distance.
The hosts had to wait for a while to double their lead. They eventually did that in the 3rd minute of the second half. Gervinho played a big role in that goal as well. He got rid of two Reading defenders and then, picked out Santi Cazorla who was inside the area. The Spaniard finished it wonderfully and Arsenal was 2-0 up.
Olivier Giroud scored the third goal for Arsenal in the 67th minute and after that, it was going to be an uphill task for the Royals.
In the very next minute, Hal Robson-Kanu found the net for Reading with a great header, but, that goal was never going to pressurize the Gunners as they were still too far ahead.
Arsenal got a penalty in the 77th minute and Mikel Arteta was the man who took the shot for them. The Spanish midfielder blasted the ball past Stuart Taylor to give his team a lead of 4-1. That goal sealed the match for the Gunners.
Arsenal will play its next match against West Bromwich Albion. That match will be played at The Hawthorns.
The defender of Arsenal, Bacary Sagna, has said that he is disappointed with the deterioration of his form in the recent matches. However, the 29 years old Frenchman assured his fans that he is putting in hard work and hopefully, his form would get better soon.
Sagna has been one of the most consistent players of Arsenal in the last 5 years. He has put up a lot of good performances for the Gunners in the last few seasons. But, in the recently played matches, he has struggled with his form.
When asked about his recent form, Sagna said, “To be honest with you, I am not satisfied with my recent performances. My form has deteriorated in the last couple of months and I am pretty disappointed about it. But, the only way I can get back to top form is by putting in hard work and I am doing exactly that in the training sessions.”
“It’s about confidence at this level. I had a couple of serious injury issues in the last season and I didn’t have much practice before the start of this season. I was very low on confidence before the start of the season. I am still low on confidence as I have not performed that well in the matches that I have played in this season.”
“It happens with every player, but, I need to make sure that it doesn’t carry on for too long. It’s a tough phase for me, but, I am training hard and hopefully, I would get my form back soon.”
Recently, there also have been speculations that Sagna wants to leave Arsenal. When asked about that, the French defender said, “There is nothing like that. I don’t want to take a transfer at this point of time. I will continue playing in Arsenal shirt till the completion of my contract.”