As soon as the dust had settled on Arsenal’s transfer ins and outs this summer, Bacary Sagna causes a stir by hitting out at the club’s owners.
The Frenchman has expressed his disbelief that the club would let players such as Robin Van Persie and Alex Song go. Sagna’s outburst may not go down well with the fans after he said that Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy were right to leave the club and join Premier League champions Manchester City.
“Yes [they were],’ said Sagna.’I’m the only starting player left from 2007. In May, I watched City’s parade on TV. I saw Samir and Gael lift the trophy. I want that.”
With only one year remaining on his contract, Arsenal fans will be dreading the prospect of another summer of departures in 2013. Talks to extend his contract have not begun and given Arsenal’s recent history of negotiations with their top stars, the fans have a right to be very nervous.
“In the street, supporters sometimes come to see me. I can understand that they’re annoyed. I’m like them – I don’t understand everything,” said Sagna.
The most obvious sign of his likely departure was his admittance that ‘everyone has a destiny.’
But is Sagna right to speak out against the club and show his frustration? I believe so. He should be able to show his emotions and dismay at what is happening at the club. Instead of seeing the transfer periods as windows of opportunity, Arsenal fans nervously wait for deadline day and for the window to firmly shut. Fans of other clubs are starting to refer to the Gunners as a ‘feeder club’ and this is becoming increasingly frustrating.
Though Sagna should not be undermining his manager and the board, he has every right to express his frustration. I am sure that Arsenal fans will appreciate his honesty, even if tentatively. I personally want to know what the players are feeling, knowing that they share the same frustrations as us.
Sagna will soon to return to training and has endeavoured to get to back to his best for the club. However, his future remains uncertain. If Arsenal can surprise many and get their hands on a trophy, his opinion may change. However, another season without silverware and it is likely that Sagna, and maybe some others, will decide to pack their bags and leave.