'I was upset, angry' - Arsenal star on £98m departures


Arsenal's Bacary Sagna has spoken out regarding his feelings about the sales of Robin van Persie and Alex Song over a year ago.

Arsenal's Bacary Sagna's future remains unresolved, with the defender giving little away over the weekend.

In an interview with French outlet BeIN Sport, he essentially said he was not ruling anything out either way, and will continue talks with the Gunners over his future.

From next month he will be entitled to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club with his deal expiring at the end of June.

How it got to this stage in the first place lies in his disengagement with the club over player sales.

Over the past four years key players Cesc Fabregas (£35m), Samir Nasri (£24m), Robin van Persie (£24m) and Alex Song (£15m) have all been sold on for a total of £98 million but of little comfort to players like Sagna. 

The right-back revealed how he felt at the decisions:

"I was upset, angry ... If we had them today, I think it would make a huge difference. Since 2007, a very competitive team has left. I want to win trophies with this club, it is a club that I love, but we're missing something."

He also went onto discuss how he has felt guilty and sorry for Arsene Wenger amid the criticism the manager has faced in recent years.

"It was unfair, because the players are primarily responsible. It is not he who loses matches and money to make. I felt very badly regarding the coach. He gave us some confidence, and for some time we did not make it."

It's obviously a no-brainer to suggest Arsenal would be an even stronger team with just half of the quartet they had sold.

But it's now time for Sagna to separate himself from that and focus on the players and squad Arsenal do have, and will be continuing to build.

Does he want to be part of that, or does he want to add his name to the list of players who have turned their back on the club?

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