Bacary Sagna has spoken about his decision to leave Arsenal for league rivals Manchester City in the summer. In news that will no doubt incense Arsenal fans, Sagna refereed to the Gunners as ‘his family’.
Bacary Sagna has admitted it was very hard to leave Arsenal after eight years, but insists he needed a new challenge and believes he’s made the right decision in moving to Manchester City.
The full back was speaking ahead of France’s clash with Spain on Thursday night. France won the game 1-0 thanks to a fantastic finish from new Chelsea signing Loic Remy.
“I’ve changed clubs as everyone knows. It was the right moment for me to try something new.”
Sagna left on a free transfer in the summer, a move that enraged Arsenal fans. The full back has found first team football difficult to come by at The Eithad, making just one appearance this season and many have questioned his motives for making the move.
“I spent eight beautiful years at Arsenal. I arrived at the club very young and I’ve learned a lot from Arsene Wenger and my teammates.
“I wanted to try something new. It was a good time to give a boost to my career. I’m 31 and it was the right time to experience something different.”
Sagna then referred to Arsenal as a “family”, a soundbite that will incense Arsenal fans that have continuously seen their better players depart for pastures new. The French international says the decision to leave was one that he had battled with for a while, but ultimatley felt it was best to further his career.
“I have thought this true. I had a tough season because it wasn’t an easy choice. I left a club with a family spirit, where I’ve always felt happy.”
“It was a difficult choice., but I made it.”
Sagna will return to the Emirates on September 13th when his new Manchester City side face off with the Gunners in the Premier League. It will be interesting to see what kind of return his “family” have planned for him.
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.
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