BACK TO THE FUTURE – Sagna rejects City offer and opts to end his playing career at Arsenal

As I was watching the dull Manchester derby yesterday, I noticed that the right back for City looked vaguely familiar. He was fairly nondescript, of average build with a basic crew cut. He wasn’t particularly impressive, in fact he looked a bit pedestrian and was often beaten by the United winger. Now what was his name? Sag-ner, San-ger?

Bacary Who?
Bacary Who?

It surely wasn’t Bacary Sagna the player once described by Arsene Wenger as the best right back in the Premier League.

In a week where we have been going Back to the Future, it made me reminisce on just how dumb founded I was when Sagna decided to leave Arsenal to join City. I just couldn’t understand the thought process. He was playing for Arsenal, not Stoke or Leicester. He was first choice with little or no competition. A new long-term contract was on the table and he was adored by the supporters. Yet he wanted to go to City where he was going to be second choice to Zabaleta. Thankfully he knew best and he left our club.

Now what would have happened if he had stayed?

Debouchy might still be at Newcastle, injury free and starring for France. Carl Jenkinson could be fighting for his place with Callum Chambers to play in the League Cup games for Arsenal and the most promising right back in world football, a young Héctor Bellerín, well who knows…

Héctor Bellerín
Héctor Bellerín

Disenchanted with being fourth choice at Arsenal and on loan in the Championship at Derby County, he heads back to Spain. At his boyhood club Barcelona, he gets a chance to fill in for the ageing Dani Alves. His pace impresses and he is offered a long-term deal. Bacary Sagna has his haircut and loses all of his special powers. Arsenal’s defence is yet again called into question and Wenger is sacked. Arsenal appoint Tony Pulis to shore up the defence…


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