In recent Premier League history, Bacary Sagna has been regarded as one of the best right-backs. 

Well known for his speed, strength and ability to read the game, Sagna has consistently performed to a high standard for Arsenal in seasons prior to last. 

However, in the 2012/13 season, Sagna experienced an uncharacteristic dip in form which earned him some harsh criticism. 

This dip in form featured Sagna making some costly mistakes with memorable slips against Manchester United and Liverpool. 

Following these mistakes, rumours quickly emerged about Sagna wanting to leave the club and seek a move back to France. 

These rumours coincidently emerged when it became apparent that Sagna was entering the final year of his contract.

Arsenal should however provide Sagna with a new contract. 

Although he had purple patches in parts of the previous season, Sagna has demonstrated the quality that he holds since joining Arsenal in 2007 and there are high hopes of Sagna recapturing that quality. 

As well as getting back to his best, the Frenchman may also be able to improve further due to the competition provided by the young and improving Carl Jenkinson. 

Competition for a place helps any player to improve and fight for a place in the team. 

Sagna is 30 now - which means he is very experienced. This experience has come from playing against top teams and players and utilising this experience will help Arsenal become more solid in the right-back position.

Sagna has recently spoken of his passion for Arsenal whereby he stated: "I enjoy playing for Arsenal" and "I love my team". 

These statements show that his heart is still with the club and there is no desire for him to seek a move away. 

In the same interview Sagna dropped the biggest hint about his future by saying: "I'm looking forward to a big season with Arsenal." 

Sagna should put the errors from last season behind him and concentrate on again, making himself one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.


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