Arsene Wenger believes that Bacary Sagna is a perfect successor to defensive maestros Lee Dixon and Lauren and that his battling spirit makes him the best right-back in the Premier League.
The French international has been in fine fettle since returning from his ankle injury sustained in October. Bringing solidity at the back, and an awesome ability to win headers from Szczesny goal kicks, he has also dovetailed well with Theo Walcott in the final third to help return fluidity to the attack.
Scorer of the goal which began the comeback against Spurs, the former-Auxerre man is now the country’s most consistent full-back according to the boss; a view he feels is shared elsewhere.
“I think so, personally, and I believe that everybody at the Club would share this opinion,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Many people outside the Club have this opinion as well.
“I must say with the right back position I have been quite lucky because we had Lee Dixon when I arrived, then Lauren, and Sagna afterwards. They have all been real winners and extremely consistent. On that front we were very lucky.
“They are all real battlers, they are ready to die to win. All these players have been inspirational for everybody because their physical level, commitment, intelligence and desire to win is all there.”
Funny how Arsene doesn’t mention Eboue…
There is reportedly some doubt about Sagna’s participation in this evening’s game against Wolves, although with Laurent Koscielny suspended and Kieran Gibbs ruled out with a slight groin strain it the boss will have to weigh up the risks of playing an away fixture with a heavily changed back four.