Sagna slams Arsenal’s transfer policy

Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna has slammed the club’s transfer policy and admitted that he is frustrated at the constant stream of players leaving the north London side.

The Gunners lost Robin van Persie and Alex Song to Manchester United and Barcelona this summer, and the France international has vented his annoyance at the club’s decision to sell important first-team members.

“I expected the departure of Robin van Persie. We all expected it. It was ‘obvious’,” the right-back stated in an interview with L’Equipe, translated to English by Sky Sports.

“But 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 huge loss for the club.

“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.

“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.

“I am the last player from the 2007 starting XI remaining. In May, I watched Manchester City show off. I watched Samir [Nasri] and Gael [Clichy] lifting the trophy.

“That gave me desire for it. Were they right to leave? Yes. But when they left, we didn’t know.

“My own situation? At the end of the season, I will have one year remaining.

“Has the club contacted me about an extension? No, no one,” he concluded.

Sagna is currently recovering from a broken leg suffered at the tail-end of last season.

By Gareth McKnight