Can this day get any worse? Stuck in an airport in Brazil due to delays, I’m set to miss our first live match in Cuiaba between Australia and Chile. Not only that, I get an email saying our site has been hacked and it appears to redirect to a porn site. Handy for some, but incredibly frustrating and massive apologies (we’re working on it). To answer the earlier question, yes it can get worse – Bacary Sagna has joined Manchester City.
It has seemed inevitable, the Gunners failed in negotiations and despite suggesting there was a slim chance of him remaining in north London after the FA Cup victory, yet another Arsenal star treads the well trodden path to the Citizens.
Arsenal’s official website has confirmed the news, with the Frenchman set to join the Premier League winners on June 30 when his contract expires.
A massive blow for the Gunners to lose the 31-year-old, but an inevitable departure and hopefully we have a contingency in place to cover for the France international. Players such as Serge Aurier have been mooted to challenge the developing Carl Jenkinson for the right back slot, while we need an additional central defender to cover for the loss of the versatile and brilliant Sagna.
The right back posted an emotional farewell to Arsenal on his Instagram:
I just wanna thank the whole Arsenal FC… a family to me, a club who taught me so much in 7 years, a club where I had the chance to progress day by day, a club who always gave me his trust whenever I was personally not at my best, a club who change the kid I was to the man I am today, a club where I had the pleasure to give 200 percent every game.
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I wanna thank the whole staff working at the club, the fans for accepting me so fast, my team-mates which I consider my true friends today and I had a great pleasure learning with them.
Of course I wanna thank the coach MR WENGER… who believed in me, gave me his trust and clearly changed my life. Now, it’s time for me to move on and one more time THANK YOU.
Although he has left the club on good terms, it will be difficult to see a player so loyal to the Gunners cause wear sky blue next season. Arsenal should have offered the terms (2-3 years, £80k a week) a year ago and he may well have re-signed. Oh well.
Hope your all having a better day Gooners.