Manchester City latest: Sagna takes dig at Arsenal, how Lampard's loan stay could happen

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Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna has declared that he quit Arsenal because he didn't think they had what it took to win the Premier League.

The French international signed a three-year deal with the Premier League champions this summer after leaving the Gunners on a free transfer, declaring that, after seven seasons in north London, he had had enough of seeing his team continually fail to challenge for the title.

“At Arsenal we lost our way every season in March or April," he told the Sun. "We would lose our grip on titles with the squad decimated by injuries. What was missing was trophies.

“Talks dragged on for a year and a half. Arsenal fans said I went to City for the money. But my contract was unchanged for six years.”

City are already eight points behind leaders Chelsea, however, but manager Manuel Pellegrini says it is still too early to assess their season.

The Etihad outfit currently have 21 points after winning six and drawing three of their opening 11 games, while their rivals remain unbeaten with nine victories, but the Chilean remains upbeat about his side's chances of retaining their crown.

“Now is not the moment to analyse what has happened in the season. There are a lot of games to play in the Premier League and Champions League,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“We have 27 more games to play and there are a lot of points [to be contested], so we will see at the end who will be the best team this year.”

One way City hope to keep up with Chelsea is by extending Frank Lampard's loan deal, after it was confirmed that Yaya Toure's Ivory Coast will be competing at the African Cup of Nations in the New Year.

Lampard signed for sister club New York City FC this summer after his Chelsea contract expired, but then returned to England on loan as the MLS expansion side won’t begin their inaugural season until next March.

While his stint is set to end on January 1, reports claim that management are intent on keeping him at the Etihad Stadium for at least another month, with the 36-year-old exceeding expectations so far with four goals in eight total appearances.

With New York City determined to have their star signing around for their first-ever pre-season, however, it has been suggested that the US outfit could hold part of their preparations at City’s new £200 million training complex, allowing Lampard to both train with his new teammates and continue to turn out for the Blues for the first month of 2015.

It seems that option could well be a possibility too, with NYCFC director of football and former Blue Claudio Reyna admitting last week that talks have been held over a trip to England.

We’re thinking about that as an option,” he said at the club's first official jersey unveiling last week. “They just moved into a brand-new facility, [the Etihad Camps], which is one of the best in the world. We just need to figure out how that works, but it’s an option yes.”

And finally, there's been good news elsewhere, with captain Vincent Kompany raising hopes that he could play some part against Swansea City on Saturday after resuming first-team training.

The Belgian international missed his side's 2-2 draw with QPR prior to the international break after hurting himself in City's Champions League defeat by CSKA Moscow, but now appears to be nearing contention again after being snapped with his teammates.

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