Arsenal have had a turbulent start to 2012 and confidence will be at an all time low after being battered and essentially knocked out of the Champions League by AC Milan and Sunderland rubbed salt in the wound by eliminating a lethargic Gunners side from the FA Cup.
But the French fullback insists there is still much to play for this season with a top four finish a priority, and some big must-win matches ahead starting with arch rivals Spurs this weekend.
Sagna told Arsenal Player:
We have to keep our heads up, work hard and think about the Premier League because we have a derby next weekend against Tottenham.
We need to do it for us and for the fans as well. We have to react. We can’t play like this against Tottenham otherwise we will lose.
We have one week to get ready for the game, to question ourselves, to work and to talk to each other. We are professional and we have to fight until the end. Personally I want to do it and everyone else wants to do it as well.
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[on the traveling supporters] We just want to thank them one more time even if we didn’t get the result. It is not easy for us and for them as well.
We are just thankful for the support that they give us and we’ll try to win next weekend.
We have to look forwards. We are fourth in the Premier League and we can’t let it go like this.
Meanwhile Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that Luka Modric, Adebayor, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Rafael van der Vaart may struggle to be a part of this weekends derby as a result of injuries and illnesses.
Modric missed Spurs FA cup draw with Stevenage due to flu, Assou-Ekotto underwent a groin operation last Monday to cure a groin problem and ex-Gunner Adebayor twisted his knee in training last Friday meaning the trio could quite possibly miss the venomous North London fixture which will be a big boost for Arsenal.
Rafael van der Vaart and Sandro also missed yesterday’s lackluster performance at the Lamex Stadium and are doubts for this weekends fixtures, Redknapp revealed his latest team news:
Benoit had a small operation at the start of the week so he wasn’t available (yesterday).
He should be fit but we will have to see with Adebayor. He did his knee on Friday morning. He twisted it. We thought he might have opened his ligament up but it’s not too bad.
Luka had an unbelievable temperature. He was really ill this week. That left us short. Ledley King was on the bench and he wasn’t fit.
Niko Kranjcar had been rough all week as well. He only came in and trained yesterday.
This is certainly music to our ears that the Spuds are too suffering from an injury crisis, next we just need Bale to trip over a feather and do his knee in. This weekends derby is massive for the Gunners and will either prove detrimental or instrumental to their top four finish hopes. It is a must win, not just for the points but for their confidence and revenge after losing away at White Hart Lane.
The young Gunners need the likes of Sagna and the more experienced lads to rally their side together after the past two horrible performances and turn Arsenal’s season around once again like they managed to against Chelsea last year. Bring it on.