Bacary Sagna reveals why he left Arsenal for Manchester City

Having won the FA Cup last season, the Frenchman is set to finish his first year at the Etihad trophy-less.

After leaving Arsenal last summer, Bacary Sagna has been explaining to Sky Sports why he felt a move was necessary, as he nears the end of his first season at the Etihad.

Sagna was one of several arrivals last summer, all intending to raise the quality in the squad as City sought to defend their Premier League title.

But this season hasn't gone as hoped, with question marks being asked of many players throughout the side, both established and newly arrived.

The right back is adamant that he was correct in leaving Arsenal though, considering the new project currently being cultivated in Manchester.

“I don’t have any regrets [leaving Arsenal], I needed something new,” said the 32-year-old, quoted by SkySports.

“Many people said I left for money but not at all. There’s a real project at Man City and I want to be a part of it. I’m giving the maximum to get to play and to improve.

“Of course I want to play more games. I like competition and I like to play football and I like to get involved.

“It’s a part of life where you need to keep your head up, keep working hard and then maybe my time will come."

It is true that Sagna has joined a Manchester City side in somewhat of a transition this season, while Arsenal are a team that are being refined by Arsene Wenger rather than revamped.

However, the Frenchman's decision to leave the Emirates last summer meant that the right back position was something that needed addressing, and Arsenal did so by signing both Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers. However, it is Hector Bellerin that has impressed the most, with the Spanish youngster coming up from the youth setup to look like Sagna's most adequate replacement.

At City, the former Gunner has had to vie with favourite Pablo Zabaleta for a game, meaning he has just 16 appearances to his name, and given his age, it may be a struggle for Sagna to win the role in Manuel Pellegrini's side that he wishes. 

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