Bacary Sagna aiming to emulate Lilian Thuram
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna insists he would be comfortable staying at centre-back for club and country
Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has declared that he is more than happy to continue at centre-back for the Gunners if required, while insisting a similar role for France is not out of the question.
Sagna has started three games at centre-back for the Gunners so far this season with Laurent Koscienly sidelined, helping Arsene Wenger's side keep consecutive clean sheets against Fenerbahce alongside Per Mertesacker.
The 30-year-old believes that he is capable of performing the same role at international level if Didier Deschamps needs experienced cover in a central position, despite competition from Les Blues centre-backs Eliaquim Mangala, Mamadou Sakho, Adil Rami and club colleague Koscielny.
As evidence to support his stance Sagna has called on the example set by former Juventus and Barcelona defender Lilian Thuram, who proved his versatilty by moving inside from right-back during the latter stages of a stellar international career, which saw him become France's most capped player with 142 appearances.
Sagna told reporters at a press conference in Clairefontaine: "My goal is to put the coach in trouble by giving the maximum for the jersey and my France teammates. I’m happy to play in any position.
"I’ve been playing as a centre-back at Arsenal having moved from the right. [Lilian] Thuram did the same in the past and I don’t see why I can’t do it too."
Sagna's long-term future at club level remains under question, with the full-back well into the final year of his current contract at the Emirates.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has previously signalled his intention to keep Sagna at the Emirates beyond this season, after making more than 240 appearances for Arsenal since his arrival in North London six years ago.
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