Bacary Sagna hits back at Arsenal boss over tapping up suggestions

New Manchester City signing Bacary Sagna is bemused by Arsene Wenger’s claims that he was tapped up.

French international right-back Bacary Sagna became one of the summer’s most controversial signings as he swapped Arsenal for Manchester City.

The defender had wound down his contract with the Gunners and seemed eager to secure himself the best possible deal in arguably his last long-term deal.

With Arsenal said to be cautious in their approach to new deals to players over 30 years of age, 31-year-old Sagna opted to sign a very handsome three-year contract reportedly worth over £100,000-a-week at City.

The deal naturally angered many in North London who felt that Sagna followed in the footsteps of Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor in ditching the club for more money, but Wenger instead chose to vent his frustrations on the Manchester club.

The French coach insisted that the Citizens had tapped up his former player, although Sagna has been quick to squash such accusations.

"I know exactly what happened - everyone knows. I am not a tricky person. I am very professional, so I don't want to comment on it,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"All I will say is that I was at Arsenal for a number of years. I have always been straight. I have always given the maximum. Even when I came back from injury and was not fully fit, I always played. I don't know why he said this."

Sagna spent seven years at Arsenal, making a total of 284 appearances in all competitions for the club.

Despite a number of near misses, the former Auxerre defender finally tasted silverware in a red shirt as he contributed greatly to last season’s FA Cup triumph.

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