Bacary Sagna, the Arsenal full back who is close to resuming full training, has questioned the club's sale of Alex Song to Barcelona and wants the success that former Gunners Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy are currently experiencing.
France international Sagna has been out since he suffered a broken leg in Arsenal's final home game of the season against Norwich. He has told the French press that he is somewhat bewildered by the club's selling of Alex Song. He told L'Equipe:
"When you see the two best players of last season leave, you have a lot of questions. Sometimes in the street the fans talk to me. I can understand they are upset. I am just like them, I don't understand everything.
“The Alex one, it was a surprise! He is 24 years old, he has three years remaining on his contract. I still do not understand. It is a huge loss for the club.
"At Arsenal you come back after holidays, you make preparations, and you see two players leave and the season resumes - it has been like that since I have been at the club. I am used to it now.”
Song had his best season at Arsenal last season and gained praise from a wealth of football pundits. The former Arsenal midfielder made 14 assists and scored one goal and Sagna believes that this will prove to be a huge loss.
However, rumours circled that Song's attitude had nose dived after the club didn't open contract talks with the Cameroon international even though he still had two and a half years left on his current deal.
It is believed that everything reached boiling point in Arsenal's pre season trip to Cologne where new assistant manager Steve Bould had had enough of the new Barcelona man's attitude and held him by the throat against the wall.
During the same interview Sagna also revealed that he believed Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy had made a good decision the previous Summer:
“I watched as Samir [Nasri] and Gael [Clichy] lifted the trophy. That gave me desire for it. Were they right to leave? Yes. But when they left, we didn't know.”
Arsenal fans will be hoping that Sagna does not follow the same path as his French compatriots by leaving the club. The Gunners star does only have two years left on his current contract and we know too well what happens when an Arsenal player reaches the Summer time of their final year.
Sagna will be fighting his way back into the reinvigorated Arsenal defence, who are the only team in all four English leagues yet to concede a goal this season.