Bacary Sagna was once considered the best right-back in the country, but with two severe leg breaks in as many seasons, his form has dropped and probably so too has his attributes.
Arsenal fans were left frustrated with his dismal display against Premier League champions Manchester United on the weekend. His weak back pass to Wojciech Szczesny was easily intercepted by former Arsenal player Robin van Persie, and in a desperate attempt to win back possession, his poorly timed slide tackle conceded a penalty and resulted in the opposition. Van Persie converted the penalty, which turned out to be the equaliser for Manchester United.
Much to the annoyance of Arsenal fans, his defensive positioning has slacked recently, and his inability to cross effectively has reduced the chances of an attack from the right hand side.
When Arsene Wenger signed Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic last season, many fans questioned the transfer. But he is beginning to shine in the right-back position and was ever-present during Sagna’s absence. This will only make things harder for the French international who might realise soon that his time at Arsenal is all but up.
Wenger is sure to buy a backup player in that same position in the summer, add that with Sagna's age and proneness to injury, he should really be looking for a way out while the time is right.
With just over a year left on his contract, and a new one no where in the pipeline, we may have seen Sagna play one of his last games for the club. It is hard to see him recapturing his form of old and Wenger should cash on him whilst he still has a redeemable market value.
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