One thing I was not expecting to come across when browsing the net yesterday was a scathing attack on Arsenal.
No it wasn’t Samir Nasri, Ashley Cole or Emmanuel Adebayor. Hell it wasn’t even Patrice Evra or a Barcelona player for once.
The man in question is the Gunners ‘quiet’ right-back Bacary Sagna.
The Frenchman is currently facing another spell on the sidelines after re-breaking his leg against Norwich City on the penultimate day of last season and is expected to make his return to team at some point after the international break.
In case you missed it, here is what the former Auxerre player had to say:
“I expected the departure of Robin van Persie. We all expected it. It was ‘obvious’.
“But the Alex one, it was a surprise! He is 24 years old, he has three years remaining on his contract. I still do not understand. It is huge loss for the club.
“When you see the two best players of last season leave, you have a lot of questions. Sometimes in the street the fans talk to me. I can understand they are upset. I am just like them, I don’t understand everything.
“At Arsenal you come back after holidays, you make preparations, and you see two players leave and the season resumes – it has been like that since I have been at the club. I am used to it now.
“I am the last player from the 2007 starting XI remaining. In May, I watched Manchester City show off. I watched at Samir [Nasri] and Gael [Clichy] lifting the trophy.
“That gave me desire for it. Were they right to leave? Yes. But when they left, we didn’t know.”
Now I would never usually expect this sort of thing from someone like Sagna who has been so consistent and seemingly happy to be at the club since he arrived back in 2007 but you have to say that this is not the sort of thing you want to hear.
After finally getting the feel-good factor back after the win at Liverpool, Sagna goes an opens his mouth and puts the club in negative light once more.
But while you can’t accept this sort of behaviour from a player, he does have a point.
Nothing he is saying is untrue, and the fact that he is almost hinting that he could be the next player on his way out of the club just proves that something is not right.
Don’t get me wrong, I think that it has still been a decent summer in the transfer market, we lost a lot of players but we brought in three top class performers as well.
The team is still in a transitional period after the introduction of the new boys as well as the return of Abou Diaby and shortly Jack Wilshere from the treatment table.
So I still believe that the club is on the up, but Sagna has hit the nail on the head and is just almost making himself the voice of the voiceless, and echoing the fans clear frustrations with our transfer policy.
It will be interesting to see if anything does happen over his contract situation, maybe he was using this whole rant as a hint to get things going? Who knows.