Bacary Sagna has hit out at Arsenal for spending a lot of money on young players, losing their DNA and becoming a club that you know will always lose in a scathing interview with Emmanuel Petit.
Bacary Sagna played 284 times for Arsenal, more than any other in his career, and it’s safe to say he know what it takes to be a top level player at the club.
A fan favourite during his seven years at the club before leaving for Manchester City on a free transfer in 2014, Sagan was speaking in France after Arsenal’s latest defeat, this time to Chelsea, a side they’ve actually fared well against under Mikel Arteta.
Sagna told former Gunner Emmanuel Petit on RMC Sport: “When I watch Arsenal now, honestly, I know that they are going to lose the majority of the time, that something is going to happen, that we are going to concede a stupid goal.
“How can you spend €150million and only bring in young players? It might be good for the future, but someone has got to think about the present.
“When I was playing, anyone would be excited to join Arsenal, now we have lost our DNA.
“Maybe we have players with character but they have won nothing. Today, you know how youngsters are, some older player tells them what to do.
“They say, “well, what have you won?”. A player who has won titles barely has to speak to be listened to.”
The point Sagna makes is a fair one, if you don’t actually pay any attention to the trophies the Arsenal squad have actually won, either with Arsenal or previous clubs. Mohamed Elneny, for instance, has four league titles you might be surprised to learn. That’s four more than Sagna, by the way.
I don’t mind ex-players and pundits making valid points, but I would like them to actually check the things they say first before they say them. How it ‘feels’ and how it ‘looks’ is not always how it ‘is’.
If you’d like to know how many trophies the current Arsenal squad have won, either with Arsenal or previous clubs, then you can do that here.