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End of Season Report – Bacary Sagna

May 17, 2012

Bacary Sagna

  • Born Feb 14 1983, in Sens, France
  • Previous clubs Auxerre
  • Joined Arsenal 12 July 2007

Honours

AJ Auxerre

  • Coupe de France (1): 2005
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1): 2006
  • Auxerre Player of the Season: 2006–07
  • UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year 2006–07

Arsenal

  • PFA Premier League Team of the Year 2007–08 2010–11

Mr. Sagna has now made over 200 appearances for Arsenal. When not injured he could be said to be  Mr Reliable. Most Arsenal fans are well happy to see BS3 on the team sheet. Bacary has good positional play, tackles well. Recently before his second major injury of the season was playing some nice headed flick-ons, from S13 onto Theo of the right-wing that worked well. There are not many opponents that get the better of Bacary in matches.  BS3 is also good when coming forwards and linking up well with the forwards, pulling the opponents defence around and putting in some excellent crosses, which does not come easy for Arsenal.

Bacary started the season well  and played in all games up to the defeat at Tottenham (mind the gap) Hotspurs where he got injured and underwent surgery on his right fibula . After just under four months out, Bacary made his come back as sub in the FA Cup tie v Aston Villa which we won 3-2. Bacary continued to play well during the month of February and when playing Tottenham (mind the gap) Hotspurs at the Emirates and Arsenal 0-2 down a fine cross form Arteta was headed home superbly by Bacary that gave Arsenal some impetus to go on and smash Tottenham (mind the gap) Hotspurs 5-2 and get some payback for the early season against 5pur2.

Bacary formed a partnership with Theo Walcott on the right-hand side. Short of  full backs for a long time, Arsenal now had them return and started to play with more confidence coming forward. Theo also came alive, mainly helped by the comfort of having BS3 behind him. Bacary assisted the cross that gave RVP the chance to equalise away to Liverpool in a game Arsenal went onto win 1-2 and also played in the sides that kept clean sheets v Manchester City, Wolves and Chelsea in April. In the last home game of the season a tackle form a Norwich player caught Sagna. Sagna played on but when a ball came to him from TV5, he just went down and his leg had snapped with another fracture to his right fibula. This ruled him out of the Summers Euro French side.

Bacary is a superb player and very rarely lets Arsenal down. He has a superb engine and just keep going like the Duracell bunny. I wish him well and it would be great to see back up and running by the start of the new season.

Triva

  • ·         If he wasn’t a footballer he would like to have been an architect
  • ·         He is the best chess player in the Arsenal squad
  • ·         His other interests include geography and fine wine (Bernard?)
  • ·         He was born on Valentine’s Day
  • ·         He was named in the PFA Team of the Season in his first year with Arsenal.
  • ·         He scored his first goal for Arsenal against Chelsea
  • ·         His parents are Senegalese
  • ·         His boyhood hero was Peter Pan
  • ·         His footballing hero is Zinedine Zidane
  • ·         He was a fan of Paris St-Germain when he was young
  • ·         His biggest footballing influence is his father
  • ·         He would like to be an architect and his dream is to design his own house

Stats

  • Premiership P 20
  • Europe P 6
  • FA Cup played P 1

Bacary has played 204 times for Arsenal, scored 4 goals and had 19 assists.

You can get more info from Bacary’s website, Here

Some info courtesy of Arsenal.com

Marks out of 10 – (7)

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