SAGNA AIMS HIGH

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.

SAGNA RULED OUT

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.

The wife of Bacary Sagna keen to stay put in London

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.

Betting on next season’s Prem

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 BEAT READING

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.

SAGNA UNHAPPY

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.”

FUTURE IN DOUBT

The future of the Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has been thrown into doubt after the 29-year-old has rejected the offer of a new deal from the club despite having only just more than one year left on his current contract.

It is thought that the 29-year-old was offered a 12 month extension to his current deal, which would keep him at the club until 32 years of age. However, he has rejected this opportunity to extend the contract, which has thrown his future into doubt. The club has already lost a number of high-profile players on very low transfer fees due to their contracts coming to an end.

It remains to be seen if the club will be willing to sell the 29-year-old rather than lose him for nothing after the end of next summer. It is thought that the player rejected the opportunity to extend his deal after not being satisfied with the wages on offer. Bacary Sagna has established himself as one of the best right backs in the Premier league, but has suffered a number of injury problems in the last few seasons. Hence, there is a feeling that he may not have a long-term future at the club, which is the reason for the one-year extension to his contract.

Also, the defender recently criticised the decision taken by the board to sell the players like Robin van Persie and Alex Song in the summer. He criticised the decision by saying that it clearly shows that Arsenal lack ambition. The two players were sold for a combined £ 40 million, but the replacements how not cost the same. As a result, Arsenal have struggled to maintain a top four spot in the Premier league and have slipped to the sixth position. It will be interesting to see if the club will spend money in the January transfer window.

SAGNA PLEASED WITH ARSENAL

Arsenal's French defender Bacary Sagna has said that he is extremely delighted to have spent the best part of his career with Arsenal.

The 29-year-old has been rumoured to be on the verge of an exit from Arsenal in recent months after his comments about the transfer policy of the club. However, he has patched up things with the manager Arsene Wenger and is now it one of the best clubs in Europe. Even though Arsenal are yet to win a major trophy in the last seven years, Bacary Sagna is confident that things will certainly improve over the next few seasons.

He has said that he has always enjoyed playing for Arsenal and still continues to do so. He has learned to give 100% to the club every time he goes on the pitch. He also creates not club like a family and is extremely happy to be part of the training as well. Bacary Sagna has also admitted that he was extremely nervous in the first few matches of his Arsenal career, as it was his first steps into English football. Over the years, he has established itself as the first choice right back at the club.

"It has been magic. I’ve enjoyed a lot playing for Arsenal and I still love it. Every time I go to the pitch, I just give 100 per cent 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," said the defender on the official website of the Arsenal.

WENGER UNHAPPY WITH SAGNA

The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has expressed his unhappiness on Bacary Sagna’s comments about the transfer of Alex Song. A few days ago, Sagna had said that Wenger’s decision to sell Song was bizarre. Wenger looked pretty upset with Sagna’s comment.

On being asked whether he has talked to Sagna on this issue, Wenger said, “Yes, I have talked to Sagna. I think you are completely free to say whatever you think, but, you should back the decisions of the club for which you are playing. He is an experienced bloke and he has been with the club for quite a while now. Such type of statement is not expected from him.”

Sagna has been playing for Arsenal since the last 5 years. He had joined the club in July 2007. Arsenal had paid 9 million Euros for buying him from Auxerre. Sagna’s contract with Arsenal will expire at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Sagna had injured his leg towards the end of the last season and he hasn’t yet recovered from that injury. He is expected to make a comeback in the middle of October.
When asked about the extension of Sagna’s contract, Wenger said, “Bacary will probably be offered a new contract when he will come back in the squad. It will be up to him to decide whether he wants to continue playing for the club or not. His performance has been decent during his tenure at the club so far and we want him to sign a new contract. But, he will have to take the final call.”

When asked about the fitness of Jack Wilshere, Wenger said, “Jack has almost recovered from his injury and has started to train lightly. He will start attending full training sessions in a few days and hopefully, he will be back soon.”

BACARY BACK SOON

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could be back into the first-team action much earlier than expected after the defender has revealed that he expects to be fit for the start of the new season.

The 29-year-old French defender suffered a major injury for the second time last season. It was enough to keep him out of the Euro 2012, but this injury seems to have worked in favour of the defender after he has been able to recuperate sufficiently in time for the start of the new season. There were many times during last season when Arsenal clearly struggled without Bacary Sagna in the back.

The French defender is one of the main attacking threats of the team, while he is also equally adept at defending. In his absence, manager Arsene Wenger had to utilise his central defenders in order to replace him. Bacary Sagna suffered a major injury in the final match of the last season against Norwich city. This was his second major injury of the season after he had broken his leg earlier in the season while playing in the North London Derby against Tottenham. It was initially thought that he may not be back into the first-team until September, but Bacary Sagna has given the boost to manager Arsene Wenger by saying that he will be fit for the start of the new season.

The new season starts in a matter of weeks and Arsenal will be hoping that they conclude the pre-season in the best possible fashion. They played in the recent friendly match against Manchester City, which did not end well for the men from London. Arsenal lost in the match 2-0, although they were without a number of players like Lukas Podolski and Robin van Persie. Robin van Persie has been linked with a move to Manchester City.

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