Arsenal were actually uncharacteristically lavish in the recently closed transfer window, with Arsene Wenger outlaying over £75 million, although the failure to act more decisively in the lead up to the deadline drew biannual ire from the club’s fans.
While Manchester United pushed to recruit an elite striker in Radamel Falcao, although they appeared not to really need one, the Gunners struggled to sign a centre-forward of their own despite the obvious requirement.
Arsenal did, of course, bring in Danny Welbeck for a fee of £16 million but the England international, a player well down the selection order at Old Trafford, was far from the top drawer addition to placate supporters.
While it was initially a transfer window of great promise, frustrations of old crept in during the latter days, particularly after Olivier Giroud’s injury, and Wenger’s actions are under great scrutiny once again.
Sagna, meanwhile, who was replaced by Mathieu Debuchy at the Emirates Stadium, can sympathise with those to have despaired at the way Arsenal have conducted their transfer business this summer and in previous windows.
“Arsenal is and will remain a quality team,” Sagna said, as reported by L’Equipe. “I understand the fans are frustrated when they see the transfers in other clubs.”
Manchester City move
Over at Manchester City, meanwhile, it was something of a quiet summer compared the the circuses of years gone by, with Sagna one of six players joining the club - a list that includes Frank Lampard’s short-term loan.
Sagna, of course, arrived at the Etihad Stadium on a free transfer after deciding to end his Arsenal career following the expiration of his contract, and the France international sees it as a move to “boost” his prospects of winning more silverware.
“It was a good time for me to see anything, to boost my career,” he added.
“I have made much progress at Arsenal alongside my teammates and Arsene Wenger. I thought long and hard and it was a difficult choice, mentally.”