We all knew Sagna was going to leave Arsenal and the most likely suitors were either going to be PSG or Manchester City, the two teams with money to burn. According to the latest reports, he’s on the way to the Premier League champions and will be on around £120,000 a week.
What can you say? He refused to sign a contract so where he goes it’s up to him. We’ve seen players go to Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus… all the top teams are interested in our players.
And if we can’t persuade him to stay, what can we do?
Unlike other players who left the club, Bacary has given us his absolute all and his best years.
When I think about players who have left Arsenal, I have two distinct categories. The first is reserved for players I like to call “Thunder Cunts”. These are players who have no loyalty and no respect for the club, and include Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie.
The other category is for players like Cesc Fabregas, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Kolo Toure and now Bacary Sagna. They may have left the club but they have given their best years to us and every single time they wore the Arsenal shirt they gave 110%.
Sagna has been at Arsenal since 2007 and played over 280 games for the club. He’s been with us for 7 seasons, a big portion of Arsene’s “barren spell” over the last 9 years. He’s had a chance to move on before but hasn’t forced a move and he’s given us his peak years. He’s 31 years old now and still has some life in him yet and you can’t blame him for wanting one final big move before he retires.
Unfortunately for us of course, he’s a massive player for us and Manchester City know this. In fact, it’s been a recurring transfer policy of theirs to take our top players to make themselves stronger and weaken us. If it wasn’t for Alex Ferguson they would have had Robin Van Persie last season as well.
There’s no point being bitter or upset about Sagna going to City, it’s happened and we can’t stop it. We can only look forward and I’ve said for a long time that I strongly believe that Carl Jenkinson is ready to step up and become an important Arsenal player. People quickly forget how fantastic Jenkinson was at the start of the 2012-2013 season when Sagna was injured for the first couple of months of the campaign.
I know a lot of Arsenal fans still need convincing but trust me, next season Jenkinson will be the man.