Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna speaks out about Arsene Wenger situation

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has had his say on his former manager's current predicament.

Manchester City's Bacary Sagna in action with West Ham United's Michail AntonioManchester City's Bacary Sagna in action

With speculation over Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's future at the club growing more and more each passing week, journalists, pundits and now former Arsenal players have begun to wade into the tricky debate; the latest being former Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna.

Now playing for Manchester City, the French defender spent seven years at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, after being brought to the club by the French manager from Auxerre. 

Angry at the criticism his former boss is receiving, Sagna recently said that: “He [Wenger] doesn’t deserve what is happening to him – he is a great man and an institution for Arsenal. It is not fair,

Sometimes you can have difficult moments but he’s always been there for the team. The fans are disappointed because of the results – anyone would be with what’s happened on the pitch.

But is it time for him to go? No. I would like him to stay. I associate Arsenal with his name."

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford in action with Manchester City's Bacary SagnaManchester United's Marcus Rashford in action with Manchester City's Bacary Sagna

Perhaps this is a little easier for the French defender to say however, seeing as he has won two Premier League titles since leaving Wenger's side for Manchester City. The old saying "If you do the same things, you will get the same results" seems to be lost on Sagna here, as he strongly defends his former manager.

However, the French defender does have a point. After delivering an unprecedented amount of success to Arsenal fans over the years, including the invincibles team, plenty of trophies and consistent Champions League football, Arsene Wenger has done more than enough to earn the respect of supporters, and banners and protests to nothing but tarnish the image of the club, as well as its fanbase and Wenger himself.

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With his contract up in the summer, perhaps now is the right time for Arsene Wenger to go. Perhaps it is the best way to protect his legacy at Arsenal, and protect an already torn fanbase from ripping itself apart any further. It would be sad to see the stalwart go, but in the modern game at such an elite level, a lack of domestic silverware could cost the French manager.

Where he would go remains uncertain, but a potential future at Arsenal is looking more and more unlikely. 

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