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Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna questions sales of Van Persie and Song

6th September 2012

• France full-back says sales leave ‘a lot of questions’
• Sagna: ‘I understand why the supporters are nervous’

The Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna feels the sales of captain Robin van Persie and midfielder Alex Song have left “a lot of questions”.

The France full-back, who is currently recovering from a broken leg, said he does not understand why the club chose to lose two key players in quick succession before the start of the new season.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Sagna said: “Everyone was expecting Robin Van Persie to leave, but Alex Song, that was a surprise. I don’t understand that at all. It is a big loss for the club.

“When you see two of the best players from last season leave, you ask a lot of questions. I understand why the supporters are nervous.”

Sagna, 29, was signed from Auxerre four years ago, and in that time has seen several of his team-mates leave, including Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri, who went on to win the Premier League title with Manchester City.

He continued: “I am the only starting player left from 2007. In May, I watched City’s parade on TV. I saw Samir and Gael lift the trophy. I want that [feeling].”

The France defender will be entering the final year of his current deal at the end of the season, and maintains as yet there has been no talk over an extension.

He said: “For the moment, I want to play with Arsenal, and find my level again.”

Despite the loss of Van Persie, who scored a hat-trick for Manchester United at Southampton last weekend, and Song, who joined Barcelona, Arsenal have opened the new domestic campaign brightly.

The summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla both opened their accounts in the 2-0 win at Liverpool, which was a third clean sheet.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen believes the new assistant manager Steve Bould has made a big impact on the defence.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the Belgian said: “He has a lot of experience at a high level with Arsenal. We work a lot on our defensive play and you can see that with our three clean sheets.”

Vermaelen is away on international duty with Belgium ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with Wales and Croatia, but played down concerns over a minor ankle problem, which forced him off in the closing stages at Anfield.

Meanwhile, Andrey Arshavin has been linked with a move back to Russia with Dynamo Moscow ahead of their transfer deadline, but is understood to be determined to force his way back into the Arsenal first-team.


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