Former Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna hits back at ex-teammate Cesc Fabregas over claims that just 2 players were on his level during his time at the Gunners.
Bacary Sagna has actually confessed that he was “surprised” to hear Cesc Fabregas criticise his former Arsenal teammates by declaring that just Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were on his level.
Sagna and Fabregas played together for the Gunners in between 2007 and 2011, during which time Arsene Wenger‘s side stopped working to win a single piece of flatware, coming closest when completing as runners-up in the League Cup.
Fabregas just recently confessed that he felt as though he was bring the team at times during his stay there and recommended that Van Persie and Nasri were the only other players with comparable quality to his own, and Sagna thinks that the Spaniard’s evaluation is “harsh”.
“I was surprised to read this. From him I was surprised because he was supposed to be one of the leaders of the team, he was one of the great prospects and as a leader and a true player, you don’t speak like that about your club. So I was surprised because he is a nice guy, he’s still a nice guy, this doesn’t change anything. But I was kind of surprised,” Sagna informed Goal.
“Arsenal made him so stating that some players were not at his level was a bit severe since I’m uncertain out of all the seasons he was playing at the club, he was constantly an excellentplayer At that time journalism was speaking about him not running enough or trackingback Other players might have stated ‘you ought to be running more or doing more’.
“I don’t agree with that statement. It’s his opinion and he’s right to have an opinion, but we all have good moments and bad moments in our career and I’m not sure he always had great moments with Arsenal. Yes, he is a great player, he has amazing quality, but maybe some people were expecting more from him.”
Sagna made 284 appearances for Arsenal in overall prior to leaving for Manchester City in 2014.