Arsenal defender says he’s going nowhere

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has stated his desire to remain at the club.

The French international only has 12 months remaining on his current contract and has been linked with a return to his homeland.  However he has stated he sees his future at the North London side.

Speaking to the Guardian newspaper he said:  “I enjoy playing for Arsenal, I love my team, and I always give my best. I’m still here. Many people were talking about me going back to France but I’m still here and I’m looking forward to a big season with Arsenal.

“Last season was difficult. I only had one year left and people were looking at that and maybe thinking I would leave. But I tried to stay as calm as I could. Now I will work hard in pre-season and have a good season for Arsenal.”

The 30-year-old full back started his career with Auxerre, where he had been a part of the youth set up since 1998.

He left Auxerre for London and Arsenal in 2007 for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £9million.  Since then he has made 178 appearances for the club, scoring on 3 occasions.

Since 2007 he has also played 34 times for France.

Speaking of the two broken legs suffered in the last 18 months, Sagna said:  “It’s been very difficult for me physically.  I was out for four months.

“I went out to Qatar to do my rehab, then I came back and had to start all over again. It was not easy because the injuries take a lot from you.

“But I’m looking forward to coming back, being at my best and helping the team again. I’m looking forward to the new season and a new start.”

Despite being lined with the likes of Paris Saint Germain and Monaco, the player is clearly focused on Arsenal having a successful season, this season coming:  “I believe that we can challenge for the title with a couple of good signings.  We beat great teams last year, we managed to be one of the best teams in the second half of the season and if we can be consistent for the whole season, I believe we can be successful.

“If I had the solution as to what went wrong last season, I would have given it.

“I think it’s a question of desire and, in some games, being over-confident because we know we have the players and the quality.

“We just have to find consistency and the belief to get success. Every team is strengthening and we can strengthen, too, but it’s more about us caring on the pitch and showing the commitment. That will take us a long way.”

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.