Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has told the club's official website that he is happy to play at centre-back, if that is where manager Arsene Wenger needs him to play.

The Gunners have recently sold Sebastian Squillaci to SC Bastia and loaned out Johan Djourou to Hamburg, which has left them with them three recognised first-team centre-backs in the shape of Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

However, the Belgium defender is currently on the sidelines nursing an injury that could see him miss the first few weeks of the opening season, which has left Wenger short on options.

Normally deployed at right-back, Sagna has recently been used as a centre-back to cover the absentees and to make sure the back-four looks complete - and after some fine performances in the heart of the defence, the France international has revealed that he feels confident playing at centre-back and has admitted that he will play anywhere which will benefit the club.

The 30-year-old told the club's website: "I'm quite pleased (with my pre-season). I was injured last season so I didn't have any pre-season and I think you could see it in my performances.

"I was not as sharp as I used to be so I'm very happy to start from the beginning and I'm looking forward to win something this season."

He added: "Playing at centre-back started last season. Laurent Koscielny was injured at Sunderland and the coach came to me asking if I wanted to play centre-back because we had no cover.

"I just went for it and tried to adapt as quickly as possible.

"On the pitch everything is different but it's okay for me. It's different but I love learning.

"I see myself as a right-back but if I have to cover sometimes or play centre-back, I will do it for the club, my team and myself as well."


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