Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna has referred to the Gunners as his ‘family’ and feels like the Emirates is his home amidst speculation from Italian giants Inter Milan.
The French international has spent five years with the North London outfit and with his deal set to expire in 2014, rumours have been speculating he could be the next big name player to head out of the Emirates.
But for the meantime it seems the marauding defender is happy at Arsenal and has hailed his time at the club as ‘magic’
The 29-year-old told Arsenal Player:
It has been magic. I’ve enjoyed a lot playing for Arsenal and I still love it. Every time I go to the pitch, I just give 100 per cent for the team.
[The Club] is like my family. My personal family is in France but I feel at home here, I feel happy to come training and I feel relaxed. There are not many big clubs where you feel that confident.
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I think I have progressed a lot – that was my target, to come to such a big club and improve.
I am very calm compared to when I came, I used to be a bit stressed before games but now I am totally relaxed because of my team-mates and the manager.
Sagna has been at the club for five years after his move across the Channel from Auxerre in July 2007, and has been transformed into one of the best right backs in the game under the tutorship of Arsene Wenger.
His return to the Arsenal backline has been welcomed despite the clubs rough form of late. He is a big part of the club and has been the first choice right back for years, even with the emergence of Carl Jenkinson as a solid backup option, it is vital Sagna extends his stay with the Gunners.
He will enter the final year of his contract next season so negotiations will open soon if they haven’t already. The last thing Wenger will want to deal with is another ‘Van Persie’ or ‘Na$ri’ situation over the summer, however in reality his importance to the squad is perhaps not as vital as the former duo. But Sagna’s comments are warming and suggest that he is indeed happy here and will continue to fight for silverware with the Gunners.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Sagna will stay at the Emirates beyond his contract? Feel free to comment below or in the allArsenal forum under the Frenchman’s thread.