The France international scored his first goal since February 2012 against Stoke City, heading in Mesut Ozil’s second-half free-kick to seal a 3-1 win.

Sagna, who now has five goals for the Gunners, praised the resoluteness of the Arsenal squad and says that he is trying to be more decisive in front of goal.

“Today I tried my luck and it went in. I have to try and be more decisive for my team," said Sagna to the club website.

“It's like a gift for the team. When I was injured, they helped me a lot and as long as I can help them, it's good for me."

“It was a very hard game, very physical. We knew it was going to be played until the end of the game and the game was only decided in the second half."

“I think we just have the right behaviour on the pitch. We just give 100 per cent and no matter what happens we keep going and looking forward.”

The Frenchman admitted his side is well aware that they will have to show their character more and more as the season progresses.

“It's not easy and it's not going to be easy until the end of the season. But at least we're here to fight and today we showed some character again. We'll have to show it more and more,” said the left back."

“We're always together as a team. We show togetherness on the pitch. Even if Stoke had a few chances today, we were strong defensively and we managed to score the chances we created.”

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