When it was announced that Bacary Sagna was another Arsenal player to leave and jump ship for Manchester City, you could understand the Gunners’ frustrations. With Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri making the move to The Etihad Stadium in recent years, Arsenal fans must be sick of the sight of Manchester City.
Sagna followed his ex-Arsenal teammates and signed for City in mid-June after plenty of rumors circulated that he was on his way out of The Emirates. Arsene Wenger wasted little time and brought in another Frenchman as his direct replacement, this time in Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United for £10m. Debuchy had a good World Cup for France and performed well in Arsenal’s opening day win.
The 29 year old was a favorite at Newcastle with his strong displays at right-back. He signed with no hesitation, with the lure of Champions League football too much to turn down. Sagna, who is two years older than Debuchy, had a solid career at Arsenal and no fan could say any different, but he is the wrong side of 30 now and may struggle with the demand of Manchester City.
Sagna watched from the stands as his new teammates lost to his old teammates in convincing fashion in the Community Shield Final at Wembley. Debuchy had a fine game for Arsenal and many people were already stating he was a good replacement.
There is still a very long way to go before a real judgement can be made. We are only one game into the new Premier League season and Sagna is yet to feature in a competitive game for City, but the early signs are that Wenger has been very shrewd in the transfer market again.