Bacary Sagna does not regret leaving Arsenal for Man City

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Bacary Sagna has admitted that he still has no regrets over leaving Arsenal for Manchester City despite struggling to break into Manuel Pellegrini's first team.

The Frenchman has started just eight Premier League games since making the move to the Etihad last summer after failing to displace Pablo Zabaleta from the starting line-up.

Not only that, but City's poor form sees them trailing Arsenal in the league table, suggesting that Sagna's decision to leave north London was a mistake.

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But the 32-year-old is happy with his decision to move from Arsenal to Manchester City.

“No, not at all,” he said when asked if he regretted the move north.

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“I see a lot of comments from fans saying I should have stayed at Arsenal but if I had to do it again, if I had to come back and sign for City, I would have done it again.”

Expecting to play less

There is, however, a feeling that Sagna could have been playing more football in his prime had he stayed at the Gunners.

That doesn't seem to be a concern for the right-back, who admits he expected to play fewer games for his new team.

“I didn’t think about it to be honest,” he said on his appearance stats.

“When I signed I just wanted to come, give the maximum, and give my best for the club then after, it’s life, no?

“I got used to playing every game with Arsenal and here I expected good competition because we have some top quality players.

“Here the squad is very big, so I expected the situation, I expected the rotation and what’s happened, so I’m not surprised.”

Contract talks

Arsene Wenger fought hard to keep Sagna at the Emirates, going against his policy for over-30s and offering him a three-year deal. However, the 32-year-old rejected the deal and left for pastures new.

It was a surprise to see Sagna leave, but Arsenal fans appeared to accept that the Frenchman had done his duty. To be fair to him, he stuck with the Gunners through a difficult, trophy-less period and left having won the FA Cup.

Well replaced

Arsenal have barely noticed Sagna's absence. Mathieu Debuchy was signed almost as soon as Sagna left and was arguably an upgrade. Debuchy may have been injured for a the majority of the season, but Hector Bellerin's emergence has managed to soften the blow.

It seems Sagna's departure has worked out better for Arsenal than it has for the player himself.


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