Sagna not regretting Arsenal exit

Manchester City right-back Bacary Sagna has insisted that he does not regret his decision to leave Arsenal last summer in favour of a move to the defending Premier League champions, Sky Sports has reported.

The 32-year-old spent seven years at Arsenal until leaving last summer after securing his only trophy of his time in North London, helping to win the FA Cup with a 3-2 extra time victory over Hull City at Wembley.

He was first-choice at the right of the back four throughout his stay at the Emirates Stadium, but grew somewhat unsettled and resisted Arsenal’s attempts to tie him down, allowing his contract to run down before following in the footsteps of a number of former Arsenal teammates by going to Man City.

Heading into this weekend, his new club are two points behind Arsenal having played a game more, while his first-team opportunities at Man City have been much more limited. The Frenchman has struggled to dislodge Pablo Zabaleta as the club’s preferred right-back option and has only appeared sporadically as a result.

However, the France international still believes he made the right decision in moving on. He said: “I don’t have any regrets [leaving Arsenal], I needed something new. 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.”

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