In the 89th minute of yesterdays 3-2 win over Aston Villa, the 4th official held up his board to signal a substition. Theo Walcott came off and Bacary Sagna took his place to rapturous applause.
The Frenchman has been missing since a Sp*rs cunny shoved him off the pitch at White Hart Lane, breaking his leg in the process. After four months of rehab and recuperation, he made his return during a game in which comebacks were the order of the day.
I can’t have been the only one that winced as he went in for a 50-50 but seeing him come out the other side of it unscathed, and with the ball, shows just what we’ve been missing. And Bac is more than happy to have returned to action.
“I am absolutely delighted,” he told Arsenal Player. “It’s been quite difficult all these months – four is a long time.
“I just needed to get back as quick as possible and now I finally am. Now I just need to work even harder to get back because I have only had two training sessions and it is not easy. But I will do it.
“I will still work with the fitness coach but I will only get fit by playing games. I am just biding my time to start a game now but I am not rushing. I just want to give the maximum to get myself into the best position.”
It was also an emotional moment for Sagna, who told France Football what he felt when coming on. “A lot of emotion. Entering the field warming up, I had tears in my eyes.
“And it was just the joy of playing again, to find my teammates. And then, seeing my family and friends who had prepared a little surprise with a sign “Welcome BS3″ , it touched me. It was a nice ovation, it’s heartwarming. It’s a beautiful day.”
What a guy.