Manchester City star Bacary Sagna has launched a stinging jibe at former club Arsenal, by insisting that the reason he left was so that he could win trophies.
The France international departed the Emirates Stadium this summer following a seven year stint in north London, after a series of breakdowns regarding negotiations for a new deal with Arsenal. City were quick to swoop to secure his services for free, and now Sagna has revealed that he opted to sign on at the Etihad because he was envious of watching them lift the league title last term.
Despite Arsenal having lifted the F.A Cup after a dramatic fight-back against Hull City, Sagna’s time at the club was largely trophy-less, and in the end that may well have been what cost Arsene Wenger one of his most experienced heads.
According to the Daily Express, Sagna said: “Players are here to work and to win trophies," Sagna said.
"I was watching them (City) celebrating last season and I wanted to celebrate at the same time and win trophies, and the best way to do that is to work, to wake up every day and give the maximum.”
Of course whilst Arsenal fans may contest the theory that joining City presents Sagna with a better shot at winning silverware, the recent records would suggest that his next two seasons could be more fruitful than his last seven combined. Under Manuel Pellegrini the Manchester giants romped to another Premier League title during the 2013/14 campaign, and they’ve now won four trophies since 2011 - with the Community Shield included.
Having bolstered their ranks with the signings of Fernando, Willy Caballero and Sagna, City are looking formidable once more heading into the forthcoming season, and perhaps the acquisition of a top level centre-back is all that is needed for them to become a more realistic threat to the European elites in the Champions League.
Vincent Kompany remains a world-class defender but the club’s endeavours to find him a long-term partner has proved unfruitful to date.
Though Sagna’s exit from the Gunners wasn’t as emotional as the likes of Thierry Henry, nor as controversial as Robin van Persie’s, it certainly left a hole when it came to an experienced head who is proven at the highest level. Wenger has since moved to plug the gap by purchasing compatriot Mathieu Debuchy, and he also now has Calum Chambers to call upon if needed.
That being said the 64-year-old will likely feel let down by Sagna, who had for so long been one of his most leal servants. Arsenal now look set to reap the benefits of their financial restraint from the past few seasons, and Wenger is ready to mount a serious title charge, as evidenced by his purchase of Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal fans, did Sagna leave prematurely? Or was he right to seek silverware elsewhere? Let us know in the comments box below...