The FIFA World Cup 2014 is something the fans of Spanish football would not like to keep in their head for a long time. It was horrible for them to say the least. It was not just a group round elimination for the defending champions, it was a humiliating elimination.
But, this is not the end of the world for the Spanish side. What happened in Brazil had to happen with them at some point of time. Almost the same group of players had been playing since the last 6-7 years and they had won almost everything that was there to be won. They just couldn’t have kept winning. They had to age at some point of time.
Premier League champions Manchester City are hoping to finalize moves for FC Porto midfielder Fernando and Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna before the Frenchman takes the field for France at the World Cup in Brazil.
The Brazilian has not been included in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side for the World Cup on home soil and City is thought to have agreed a fee worth in the region of £ 14 million with the Portuguese giants for the player. He is expected to be in Manchester later this week for his medical before any move can be formally announced.
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has admitted for the first time that he is set to leave the club at the end of the season. The defender is out of contract in a few weeks and talks for a new contract have reached a deadline. He is thought to be holding out for a two-year contract worth around £ 100,000 per week. Arsenal are believed to be not ready to match either of those requests. Hence, the 31-year-old could leave the club on a free transfer with the likes of Manchester city and Chelsea ready to pounce on him.
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has said that the French club PSG need to be warned about the intimidating atmosphere that they will experience at Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
PSG managed a 3-1 win over the blues the first leg, but they would be unable to overcome the defying noise of the crowd within Stamford Bridge on the night according to Sagna. The Frenchman has been linked with a move to PSG in the summer, as he is out of contract at the end of the season.
Bacary Sagna, who is widely expected to quit Arsenal at the end of the season, has praised Stoke City for the way they have changed their style of football in recent years.
The club had a reputation for playing long balls and having a physical approach to the games when they were managed by Tony Pulis. After several years under his management, the club finally decided to go in for the change. Former Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has been brought to the club in the summer.
Bacary Sagna is looking destined to leave Arsenal at the end of the season as his contract expires after this year. Arsenal on the other hand is trying to offer him a new deal. Sagna reportedly has asked for a three year contract and a weekly fee of £100,000 which would make him one of the highest earning players in the squad.
Bacary Sagna has hailed the defenders of his team for their performance in the 2013-14 Season so far.
Arsenal became the league table toppers again yesterday by beating Fulham by 2-0 in a home game. It was the 10th occasion in the ongoing season that the Gunners didn’t concede a goal in the whole game and that’s remarkable. That clearly shows that the deep players of the team have been doing their job perfectly well.
Sagna who himself is a right back was talking to the reporters at the end of that Fulham game. When he was asked about Arsenal’s solid defensive show, he said, “When you don’t concede regularly, you feel confident as a unit.”
Bacary Sagna will not be able to feature for Arsenal in their next Premier League game against Hull City which is going to take place tomorrow at the Emirates Stadium. The reason behind his unavailability is his hamstring injury.
However, it has been made clear by the Arsenal management that the injury is a minor one and the 30 years old defender should be back soon.
Sagna has been an important player for the Gunners in the ongoing season. He has put up match winning shows for them and he is certainly going to be missed, but, Arsenal is lucky enough to have quality players like Carl Jenkinson as backups.
The French defender of Arsenal joined the English in 2007 but this might just be his last season with the club of which is guided by Arsene Wenger.
Despite losing 1 of his more important and experienced players it has been reported that the veteran coach is already setting his sights on possible replacements which include: Micah Richards of Manchester City, Stephan Lichtsteiner of Juventus and the more probable Rocha from Atletico Mineiro.
Bacary Sagna has injured his hamstring and he will not be able to give his services to Arsenal in their next Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion. Sagna picked up this injury while playing in the Champions League game against Napoli on Tuesday.
Sagna will not feature for Arsenal for the next 20 days or so which means he will miss the game against Norwich City and perhaps, the Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund too.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, the manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, confirmed Sagna’s unavailability for the next 3 weeks.