Date: 7th November 2013 at 4:11pm
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Yet another big game came by, and yet another win for Arsenal. Spurs, Liverpool and now Dortmund have all lost to Arsenal this season without even scoring a goal. Last night, most fans will point to Aaron Ramsey as the reason why Arsenal got all three points, but a quick look at the defensive aspect of the Gunners will say otherwise.

The back four (Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny and Gibbs) were superb to keep Lewandowski and Co. at bay. There were a few glaring misses by the home side (Mkhitaryan’s chance for instance). But other than that, it was a 10/10 performance from the defenders. Keiran Gibbs made a number if vital sliding tackles, Mertesacker and Koscielny bullied Lewandowski, and Bacary Sagna made key runs forward in attack.

It almost reminded us of the old back four – the one Arsenal are so commonly known for these years, Martin Keown, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn and Lee Dixon. The work rate and communication skills between these defenders were immense and there were traces of that in the Dortmund game. Arsenal would have shredded to pieces by the likes of Marco Reus if the defenders didn’t turn up.

Sadly, Bacary Sagna has yet to extend his contract with Arsenal and it doesn’t look like he will do so. His current deal ends at the end of this season. His departure would be a huge loss to us, because his successor (whoever that may be) will need time to adapt to the current style of back four. Wenger usually extends contracts of players aged 30 years and above by only one year, but I hope he makes an exception this time. The Arsenal board need to realize that we are no longer prone to stupid mistakes at the back, and changing one player might put us back to square one. Therefore, Arsenal MUST offer Sagna a lucrative deal to ensure that he stays.

 

0 responses to “Why Arsenal need to go all out for Sagna”

  1. bc says:

    totally agree, but not only do we need to sign up sagna, we also need to sign a stronger back up like gibbs has in monreal. jenkinson needs to go out on loan to really prove himself and then come back to rival sagna’s understudy.

  2. Frank says:

    I can not see him being given a new contract so it would be best we look at someone like Martin Montoya from Barcelona.

  3. Frank says:

    Great website guys. Keep it up

  4. Keith Soley says:

    Sagna is indispensable. A world class player he is the longest serving member of the team. Talented, dependable, versatile (right back or center half), his commitment to the team and to Wenger has been magnificent.

    He continues to provide the Gunners with quality performances game after game this season and shows no ill effects from having his leg broken twice in the previous three seasons. Rosicki and Sagna may be in their early 30s but they play with the energy and skill that bely their age. One only need to look at our recent victory over Dortmund
    to see the value that they provide to the team.

    He deserves a lucrative, multi-year as a reward for his continuing excellence and his loyalty to the organization. The fact we have not yet signed him, in this the final year of his contract is very sad and reflects poorly on the way Arsenal treat loyal team players once they reach the magic age of thirty.

    REWARD Sagna with a lucrative multi year contract and do it now Arsene; before you create a problem when there was no need to…

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