Injury frustration caused me to leave Arsenal, say Bacary Sagna

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French defender Bacary Sagna has commented again on his choice to leave Arsenal for Manchester City.

French defender Bacary Sagna has again been discussing his choice to leave Arsenal for Manchester City.

He denies he left due to the money, instead being frustrated with a lack of progress at the club.

Sagna is quoted in The Sun: "At Arsenal we lost our way every season in March or April. We would lose our grip on titles with the squad decimated by injuries. What was missing was trophies.”

"Arsenal fans said I went to City for the money. But my contract was unchanged for six years."

His comments are a fresh reminder to manager Arsene Wenger, that he still is yet to get it right.

Arsenal have let good positions to win silverware slip in recent years, even collapsing in the Premier League last March with injuries to key players once again.

It was an indication the squad was not strong enough, and Sagna had clearly made his mind up before the FA Cup triumph.

Now into 2014/15, what's changed? Arsenal are still plagued by injuries, a problem Arsene Wenger is at pains to insist is not the result of problems in the club's treatment and management.

The only difference is, their issues have caused them to hit a roadblock even earlier this year, and Wenger has even publicly conceded the title to Chelsea, and it's only November.

Sagna's choice to leave for Manchester City is not working out from a personal perspective yet, with three Premier League appearances, and the club also falling behind Chelsea.

Yet looking at the situation left behind at right-back at Arsenal, they are faring no better, with replacement Mathieu Debuchy out until December.

Arsene Wenger has also failed to adequately replace Thomas Vermaelen, who when fit was a useful member of the squad.

It's this poor planning, rather than bad luck, which Arsenal fans should really take issue with, and eventually saw Sagna snap and decide to leave out of frustration.

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