Had some real quality years for us Bacary, much better than any RB we have at the moment.
Should of been captain at some stage.
Had a shout of being the best RB in the league in some stages
Not sure he’d be the same today. Really good reliable defender which I always value, and good work rate, but I feel like he wouldn’t be offensive enough for the 2020s coaches with his imperfect crossing and dribbling. I don’t think it’s a coincidence his (and Clichy’s?) best season was the last one we played a real 442.
One of my favourite players of that era for sure though.
Well, he was in the official team of the season a couple of times I think and surely THE best RB of the league between 2007 and 2012. More than a shout you could say.
I always find it amusing how Debuchy was first choice over Sagna and Giroud was first choice over Lacazette in the French national team.
So good and very reliable our Sagna was. Always put in a 7/10 minimum. Saved our bacon a few times with goal line clearences. Athletic as fuck too. Best right back we’ve ever had IMO.
Now that’s a big shout
Yeah big shout, especially since we once had Carl Jenkinson on the books
Sagna would make for an excellent center defender though.
His offensive contribution was minimal but very few could beat him in defence
Strong tackle, Bacary Sagna
I’m probably alone in this but I always found him hugely overrated and his crossing was whack.
No you’re not. He was a boring AF player and was hugely frustrating to watch especially in the attacking phase. He had this special ability to always hit the first man.
Also he gets a free pass on the manner of his departure. Was no different to Van Cunt and Clichy, but we at least made money off the other two.
Well his last game was an FA cup victory so you have to understand why that’s the case.
Sagna gave us 7 years of service and left at 31, with his decline becoming a little evident and left off the back of our first major trophy win in 9 years.
I think the circumstances were totally different he got a very generous 3 year offer from Manchester City - he’d have been crazy to turn that down at 31.
He was an excellent defender at a time when being an excellent defender was going out of fashion for full backs.
Yeah his crossing was pretty average, but he was a lot better defender than say Bellerin etc.
I subscribe to this school of thought too. His attacking game was practically none existent. Frustrating but he was blessed to be part of a team that it didn’t matter because there was so much creative talent all over.
Beyond insulting to even compare him to Bellerin in that department.
Also an infinitely better crosser than Bellerin.