Bacary Sagna says he’s increasingly confident at centre-back having consolidated his understanding of the position during pre-season.
Admitting that he still thinks of himself as a right-back, the French international nonetheless told Arsenal Player that he’s ready and willing to fill in for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny if needed.
“On the pitch everything is different [when you play centre-back]. It’s OK for me. It’s different but I love learning.
“I see myself as a right back but if I have to cover sometimes or play centre back, I will do it for the Club, my team and myself as well.”
Sagna’s first taste of action in the centre of defence came away at Sunderland last season in a tense 1-0 win.
Reflecting on his debut in the position, he continued:
“Laurent Koscielny was injured at Sunderland and the coach came to me asking if I wanted to play centre back because we had no cover. I just went for it and tried to adapt as quickly as possible.”
As things stand the club have three serious centre-back options, although with Thomas Vermaelen out for another six-weeks we’re very much relying on Per and Kos to stay fit if we’re to shield Bac from regularly shifting to his auxiliary role.
Interestingly, it looks as though Spanish defender Ignasi Miquel won’t be challenging for a first team place with the Mirror reporting that both he and midfielder Nico Yennaris could spend next term on loan at Championship side Leicester City.