Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna may have angered some Arsenal fans by revealing that leaving the Emirates was a step upwards in his career, a week before the two clubs face-off in the Premier League, Express reports.

The 31-year-old right back knew that making the switch the the Etihad could risk his playing time as he will be in contention for places with an on-form Pablo Zabaleta, but he insisted that he made the right choice.

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Sagna said: “I am 31 and this was the right time for me to leave Arsenal. I wanted to see somewhere new, and to boost my career.

“I have left a family club, which I joined when I was very young, and where I have known Arsene Wenger all the time.”

The French international will go head to head with his former club next weekend, but may not feature on the starting line-up after only being named in the first eleven once from his last four matches.

“There are differences between Manchester and London as cities, regarding the weather, and between the two clubs,” he said. “But I am now part of a much deeper squad at City, where it’s even harder for me to win a first-team place.

“It is fair to say that could pose a risk to my place in the France side. But I’m not taking that into consideration. I feel more powerful than ever.

“It is what I was looking for. I needed it in order to go the extra mile.”

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