In comparison to the calamitous, Titus-Bramble-esque nature of his defending last season, the current campaign has marked an impressive revival in form for Bacary Sagna, and it’s understandable that the North Londoners are keen to tie down the France international to a new contract.
But in a similar scenario to Szczesny and Hart between the sticks, in terms of world-class quality, Manchester City No.2 Pablo Zabaleta blows the Arsenal defender out of the water.
Last term, the illusively-ordinary-looking Argentine was anointed into the PFA Team of the Year, and he’s continued to impress this season with five assists in 26 Premier League outings. That’s more set ups than any other top flight defender, apart from team-mate Aleksander Kolorov.
Also averaging 3.5 tackles per match – the sixth-highest rate in the Premiership – it’s not hard to see why the king of the right-backs, Gary Neville, views the 29 year-old as the best No.2 in the English game.