Sagna’s Man City move confirmed

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Both Arsenal and Man City have confirmed that Bacary Sagna will switch clubs this summer.

In a move that is of no surprise to anyone, the Frenchman will be a City player when his contract with Arsenal expires at the end of this month.

We’ve said enough about this already, and Bac has said his goodbyes, so let’s leave it there. We’ll get a chance to say hello again at the Community Shield.

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Abhijith
Abhijith

What a time to be alive for an Arsenal fan. Magnificent 2 days.

Larry
Larry

It’ll get better though, enjoy the world cup!
I watched the game on TF1 yesterday and Wenger was commentating, always nice to hear some insightful remarks from the boss ūüôā I hope Luiz Gustavo caught his eye, a strong, calm, mobile defensive midfielder who’s very disciplined and commits the occasional ‘tactical foul’. I think he would really fit the bill at Arsenal. Thoughts?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

I doubt we’d be in for him, as much as I think he’s what we need. If we were in for him we would have taken the opportunity we had last summer but we ended up taking Flamini instead. The bargain was too hard to resist I suppose. Flamster for free? Yeah, alright then.

We’ll probably end up with Song back on the cheap seeing as Barca seem to be having a fire sale.

Harish P
Harish P

You are entirely misguided on this.

Gustavo wouldn’t leave Germany as he was a year from being able to apply for permanent residency/citizenship. It’s why he moved to another German club, and not elsewhere in Europe.

Witoldo
Witoldo

If we should bring in anyone from that first game, it should be Wenger using his Japanese connections to get that ref over here to work all the big Arsenal games. He can be to Wenger what Howard Webb was to Alex Ferguson.

Ckmma
Ckmma

Its gona be a very long summer…

Dracular
Dracular

I don’t care about where he goes, I care about who we bring in. Wake up Arsene!!!

My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce
My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce

Fuck Fabregas. If he was even half as gracious as Bacary, I wouldn’t have said that.

Previgo
Previgo

Ironically i’m proud of arsenal – we sell/let our best players leave for our rivals and still compete with them???? If anything it just shows the belief and maturity we have, but it pains me because this so called rivals wont accept that they are always scared of arsenal if not- why has united refused to sell chicharito to us? Why has liverpool refused to let suarez join us? Why has man city blocked our part in the pursue of dzeko? and then we have the so called only one? He refused to let us have ba! Just ba? And he would rather sell lukaku to ath.madrid for ¬£10m just so arsenal wont have him- scared not smart! – If they think its easy, I challenge our rivals to let their top players join a rival club and still compete with them! I love arsenal, spend wenger and we would still compete with them even if they have our best players it shows how much class we have and how much they would be in our shadow if we all competed on a leveled ground! I’m so proud of you ARSENAL! Coybbg!

Me
Me

You see, I completely disagree with this statement.

For me it shows a complete and total lack of ambition from Arsenal to let your best players move to your fiercest rivals. For the sake of perhaps an extra £30k a week or so we now have to fork out perhaps £10-£15 million on a player plus wages who might be a complete flop.

Arsenal strengthen their rivals every season.

And its down to Arsene Wenger as ever.

I cannot even begin to describe my dislike for him, even the wonderful FA cup victory in May was tarred with the thought that he would be staying on.

And this and Fabregas signing for Chelsea.

I am totally speechless, this is going to be a bloody awful summer for Arsenal fans, but we knew that anyway…

InTheNorthBank
InTheNorthBank

With all due respect, an extra 30k a week Рwhich, over 3 years, comes to an additional expense in excess of £4.5mil Рis an awful lot to pay a player on top of the £15mil+ it would have taken to tie him down with signing on fee etc.

By the end of that contract, Sagna would have no resale value and would be most of the way through an inevitable decline in terms of pace, strength and stamina.

Like it or not, although we’re now ‘in the money’ a little more than in previous years, we’re still a sensibly run club. Much better to invest the ¬£4.5mil, plus a little extra, in a younger player, who will turn out each week on a lower salary, and who – with his best years ahead – will either go on to play a pivotal role in our future success, or act as a source of profit from resale.

Might not sound as sexy as keeping hold of our most beloved players, but it’s better for the club in the long run which is exactly why Arsene Wenger will have come to the same conclusion.

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

You talk like we wouldn’t have to fork out to replace sagna at the end of that three year process as well. Short term thinking right there.

Chris
Chris

nice point you got there matey!

Maniac
Maniac

Could even get better with Song linked with Man U according to the papers.

East Gooner
East Gooner

You know I really hope that happens. They already got one Fellaini – Let them have Song too. He had one good season for us and he has been shit for us before that and shit for Barca ever since. Good for us if Man Utd for 27 mil(!) on Shaw and 15-20 mill on Song – it just means that they have less money to buy someone who is actually proven and good.

Maniac
Maniac

Just watched him play for Cameroon. He was absolutely terrible and feigned injury as well. I think you may be right.

That Genius Bergkamp
That Genius Bergkamp

I see some movement in the out tray Arsene but what about the bloody In tray??

Smudger
Smudger

It’s away for cleaning at the moment. Should be back in late August mate.

Geezer
Geezer

Good luck Bac! Except for the games against us. Especially for the games against Maureen and United. Now let’s sign a replacement.

My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce
My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce

How about we try to pinch Zabaleta off them? ūüėČ

He’s not too bad in my opinion.

Maniac
Maniac

1) His wage demands and transfer fee would be ridiculously overpriced.
2) I have a feeling Pellegrini’s plan is to play both Sagna and Zabaleta as full-backs at the same time, with one of them shifting over to LB.

gooner1
gooner1

Understand sarcasm?

My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce
My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce

@Gooner1 Haha sorry mate, I wasn’t being sarcastic actually ūüėČ

I understand why you might think that though ūüėČ

Burak
Burak

“I understand why you might think that though”

I think overuse of “;)” might have something to do with it.

deano

@My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce it’s a one way road with us and Man city, Chelsea, Liverpool and Ushited. There is just a dirt gravelly track that has beens like Silvestre stumble down in the other direction.

Sorry everyone still proper fucked off and fear will be for most of the window….

Goonerestgooner
Goonerestgooner

Wish him well, apart from in 3 (at least) games next season.

GU1TAR-D3MON
GU1TAR-D3MON

Knew it was happening weeks ago but still doesn’t mean it sucks when the news is finally confirmed… By Bac and by Mrs. Sagna, you’ll be missed

Arzik07
Arzik07

Good luck, Bac. I will miss you even more after your lovely goodbye letter

Wengerburger
Wengerburger

Bac,
What a signing for Arsenal.
Gave his all to the club, best of luck in your new club.

Rambling Pete
Rambling Pete

Bye.

cheekyjc
cheekyjc

Inevitable? Yes. Does the news still hurt? Yes.

Norwegian gooner
Norwegian gooner

Wish him all the best. Who will be surprised if he scores the winner in the community shield? On a header from a Na$ri corner….

Monkey Nuts
Monkey Nuts

yes but as long as he doesn’t celebrate, that’s all that matters.

Or not. Who cares if he celebrates. I don’t care because he now plays for another team so he can do what he wants.

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Only a rare breed of player plays for a team because they love that team. If Sagna loved Arsenal he could have survived on the wages he was on and he would have stayed on the contract that was offered to him.

He chose not to, not because he loves City over Arsenal but because they were offering more money on top of the ridiculous wages he was already on.

He plays football for the money and for no other reason, not unlike most footballers. Footballers that play for the love of the team are a rare breed.

And anyone who says “Well you’d do the same” are talking bollocks. Most people would leave a job for more money because it makes a difference to their lives and their family’s lives. As in an extra ¬£5k a year. Someone on ¬£80k a week is living in a bubble.

Sagna lives in a bubble. Thanks for the 7 odd seasons. Now fuck off and I hope we beat you home and away every time we play you and beat you in the Cups and finish higher than you in the league.

Fans care, players don’t, Sagna doesn’t. Oh and by the way Wenger cares but I wouldn’t know if any of our other players care as much as him.

My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce
My Name Is Difficult To Pronounce

I fucking agree with you mate.

It’s not that he hates us either. It was a nice workplace and he appreciates that.

Now he’s gone and we move on

COYG!!!

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Money has ruined football!

Mpls
Mpls

But also made it what it is. Sad truth.

percyofgod
percyofgod

I am only concerned about the players that are willing to play for the Arsenal. Arsene, get in the right replacements and we are good!! COYG!!!

Maniac
Maniac

I think the astronomical wages that players demand is the biggest stumbling block at the moment. We’re the only top team in the BPL not bowing down to sly agents and their ridiculous demands. It’s going to be very difficult to offer a top player a huge wage when you don’t know how they’ll fare in the team. Arsenal aren’t exactly leaking money so having someone flop on ¬£150k a week and a 5 year contract is a massive problem.

neutral
neutral

Arsenal wages 2013-14 were 4th at ~160M, Man U and Chelsea were 2nd and 3rd with ~190M. That means their wages were just 120% of Arsenals. We have the wages to compete, no doubt. The big outlier is City with ~240M in wages, nearly twice as much as the Arsenal. But that is mostly because they will pay anything to get who they want.

Pool is 5th with ~140M
Sp*rs are 6th with ~110M

voldermort
voldermort

No surprise but good to see our rivals getting business done early and planning for the new season. I await our trolly dash on the last day of the window

Pooner
Pooner

Can’t wait for the return of Kallstromator!

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

I don’t buy into this “getting your business done in the last minute” complaint. So frigging what if we do do it at the last minute? We would have played 3 meaningful games by that stage, CL qualifier and 2 league games. If you don’t think our current players are good enough to ride out that “storm” until reinforcements arrive then give up now.

What people should concern themselves with is the quality of the player we recruit. If they are of a high enough calibre then it won’t matter when they arrive.

And you can’t complain about the quality of player we sign until we actually, you know, sign someone.

Nothing has changed for us in the last two days. Stop peering out through the net curtains, fretting about what the neighbours are up to.

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

Correction: three league games.

deano

Them three league games could be against major rivals and could be well behind by the time the trolley dash comes along. Also signing players earlier gives them time to blend in with there new team mates and has them getting used to our playing systems. Last minute trolley dashes could cost us upto another month before we gel and could be out of the title race.

Arsene's Zip
Arsene's Zip

Pre-season to gel with the team, find somewhere to live, get family settled, kids in to schools etc.

Voldermort
Voldermort

How about because we can integrate the new signings quicker. Or if the player decides he wants more money and we won’t pay then we have time to find a replacement. Or maybe he fails his last minute medical and again we have time to find a replacement.
Or the new said players could help us avoid defeat like the 8.2 against Man U or the home defeat against villa.
Or that it gives the fans and players an early lift and it looks like the club have a plan.
Or if we get guzumped at the last minute by another club again we have time for replacements.
Or we buy the players we need early and therefore another club cannot buy them like say costa for instance.
Or the other selling clubs know how desperate we are and decide to up the price at the last minute.
Or maybe we don’t buy a striker early and Giroud god forbid gets a serious injury in those 6 or so games you mentioned then the selling clubs really can hold us to ransom.
I’m sure there are many many more reasons to do our business early. Il leave you with these to get on with.

AllGunsABlazin
AllGunsABlazin

Can Ludivine stay??

Burak
Burak

I hear she’s coming with him.

Filthy

Xanthias
Xanthias

is he the 34th former Gunner they have signed?

cheekyjc
cheekyjc

They’ve pretty much completed a full back-line set from us now…

2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for
2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for

Should’ve just pulled a sickie… yesterday and today.

heroldgoon
heroldgoon

knew the fucker was waiting for cesc’ move to be made official, so that his becomes more of a softer blow.

bye.

Arsene Nose
Arsene Nose

Is this what football is all about now? Just go play for the highest bidder, with no sense of gratitude and commitment.. I wish him no good luck but thanks for his service..

Hoogy
Hoogy

Had him on the back of my shirt for the last 3 years, can only thank this man for his 110% service any game.
Fuck you header vs tottenham still my favourite goal of the past 10 years.

Tazmanian Jesus
Tazmanian Jesus

Dont exaggerate…its only 32

bazza_wicks
bazza_wicks

to me this player and club worked out fine, how we would have liked some of the other players who left being a gentleman like him, who hated the $pur$ as much as the fans “The enemy” good luck and thanks

Francis Jeffers' Best Mate's Dealer
Francis Jeffers' Best Mate's Dealer

IT DOESNT SUIT YOU
IT DOESNT SUIT YOOOUU
BACARY SAGNA
YOU LOOK SHIT IN BLUE

(love you really Bac)

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

You really should be more concerned with the conflict in Syria etc
But it wouldn’t hurt to see a player come IN.
Also on a sidenote, the reports of the manager going to the world cup to scout targets is hilarious, judging a player on their world cup performances worked with Liverpool on Salif Diao & Diouf. Or Kleberson with United.
Get the finger out, replace these players with better quality. I’m not mentioning names because, what’s the point??

YaredTheGooner
YaredTheGooner

Arab money is on hell of a drug

YaredTheGooner
YaredTheGooner

*one

Pooner
Pooner

ūüôĀ

Goonermonkey
Goonermonkey

I have to remind myself to support the name on the badge, not the back of the shirt. It always hurts to see players you love go to other teams. Overmars, Henry, Vieira, Fabregas, Nasri (√ľber-c*nt), RvP, Fabregas again and now Sagna…

Well, Mr Wenger… it’s over to you. GK, CB, RB, DMF, ST…

rj gooner
rj gooner

Nothing to see here move along please

SB
SB

With so many players & coaching staff on ManC, can we call ManC Arsenal B team?

Mpls
Mpls

If we get a quality RB we will have improved on every position lost to them, especially since Gibbo is well on his way to improving on Clichy if he can work out the injuries. It will be tough to improve on this one though.

Dial square
Dial square

Bloody hell, knew it was coming but it still hurts, and on top of Cesc signing for those classless cunts, we’ll Arsene over to you, I’m expecting some fucking stellar signings.

o'gizzle
o'gizzle

Ok id like to see how the battle for right back position would pan out in City. Will he play second fiddle to Zabaleta?
its funny how the quest for “greener pastures” often leads to obsolescence.
You’re a STAR at the emirates; you move to a seemingly bigger club and you’re no more than a STREET LIGHT

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

Suspect he’ll play a lot of games at centre back

Chairman Meow

allow

Dougiefresh
Dougiefresh

You better pull some nice surprise’s Wenger cuz it only seems to be sad shit happening at the mo!
I know we knew this was coming but after yesterday’s kick in knackers it’s a shitter.

poirobi
poirobi

Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think he left for the Arab money. He’s 32 now, who knows for how long is he able to play at the highest level. He’s done his duties for us, and now he wants to win the league. It could be the easy way, but I can totally agree on some level.
What concerns me ,is, what do our potencial targets think? Are we genuine title contenders? Cos this kind of transfer business really shows the opposite for me. Waiting for the big guys to do their shopping, and then pick from the leftovers is just not enough.
I really do hope Mr Wenger and his team is working hard on some world class striker.

dan
dan

This is what I don’t understand…Sagna has played for us for 7 years (correct?) at 60k pounds at week that’s over 20 million pounds over that period of time. If that somehow is not enough for you to live a comfortable life then I don’t know what is…I only Make 50k DOLLARS a year and I live comfortable even paying a mortgage in Washington, DC which is an expensive city. He now goes there for a little bit more than Arsenal offered only to sit on the bench? I don’t get that. It tells a lot of the lives of these footballers where they rather play for the money and not for the jersey.

Elly
Elly

I think it’s a bit simplistic to assume it’s purely about the money, certainly in this case. Granted the world footballers live in is a different one in a lot of ways to us normal folk but at the end of the day they are individuals like the rest of us, with different personalities, interests and priorities.

Plenty of people change jobs and even careers for reasons other than money, or have other motives as well as money. Most footballers aren’t hardcore fans, certainly these days. So while many of them will feel gratitude towards a club’s fans, and coach etc. moving on isn’t seen as such a betrayal, provided it’s done respectfully – and Sagna has been nothing but respectful towards the fans & manager as well as 100% professional and commited on the pitch.

He no doubt has his reasons, of which money is likely part of, but not the whole picture I would think. Perhaps, as it’s likely his last ‘big’ contract, he wants a bit better shot at winning the league with his last few seasons at the top, perhaps he wants to experience playing under a different coach & with different team mates, or perhaps he just wants a change of scenery who knows? Good chance that some or all of those are in there along with, and probably ahead of the money as reasons.

Doesn’t matter to my mind. He’s done it the right way, he’s never given us any reason to doubt his loyalty for a minute on the pitch, and he has been 100% respectful to fans, team mates and manager all the while, which is good enough for me. I hope that he will be properly welcomed back if/when he plays again at the Emirates. If nothing else, perhaps that will be a little lesson and wake up call to those who haven’t done it the right way, I can think of one for sure among his new team mates.

New guy
New guy

Also don’t forget that you may well be able to do your job for decades, while Bac has a few more years to earn before retirement. Yes he has made lots of money. But his football career will be over when he is let’s say 35. Then he will live for 50-60 more years, and I’m willing to guess that he has a pretty good standard of living and is used to having that. So while it is easy to say “if you loved Arsenal you would stay”… if the difference is a three year contract at 100k/week vs two years at 90k/week, we are talking about the difference between ¬£15m and ¬£9m and I can understand why he might want the extra 6 mil. I don’t think it is unreasonable at all and in his shoes, even though I love the Arsenal, I’d probably make the same choice.

Rambö
Rambö

His wife will still be the fittest footballer-wife though.

Sebas
Sebas

Hurt that Sagna left for City, yea, but hey he actually kept true to his contract and gave 200% in every game.

As for Fabregas I feel sad about the situation. Sad for Fabregas because he got rejected by Arsenal and had to move on. Sucks doesn’t it Fab.

glory hunter
glory hunter

Even though its not much of a consolation, but at least this time we didnt actually sell either Sagna or Cesc to our rivals.
Cesc at Chelsea will be interesting, i hope he fails spectacularly.
After watching Oscar last few seasons and last night, i just dont see how Cesc fits into Maureens team.
My love for football is reducing every season, our FA cup win rekindled it, but the lack of loyalty is really worrying.

If Wilshere ever goes to Spurs, i’ll stop watching footie.

New guy
New guy

I think Cesc fits into that team playing in a free role behind Diego Costa, with Hazard and Oscar on the wings outside of him, and Ramires and Matic behind him in defensive roles. I think it sucks that he will play for them but I also think that line-up sounds pretty good.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Don’t get me worng, I appreciate the time Sagna put in, but I don’t respect him anymore and I’m not sorry. Dislike the comment if you’d like, but if he truly loved Arsenal, he wouldn’t have divorced our beloved club. Money is never a good enough reason to divorce – not if there is true love at least. Have lost respect for the man.

Me
Me

Love ?

Football is about money not love.

The loyalty is to the highest bidder and thats LIFE

Horrible situation but money says everything people want to hear…

Giroud's abs
Giroud's abs

This is the worst day of my life.
Last week, my childhood dog died, and I failed two out of three of my semester exams. But, nothing compares with this day, it is the worst day out of my 21.33 years of existence. Even if I came down with a rare skin disease tomorrow, that day would not be more worse than this one. Seeing two players who represent everything I love about The Arsenal football club move to two of the most despicable footballing businesses in the world hurst me so, so much.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

How would one hurst you? Smash your head against a bar drop you on a line and, when you bounce back out, say you went over it?

Giroud's abs
Giroud's abs

I guess hyperbole is lost on some people.

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

Priorities lad…

Mental strength
Mental strength

I guess its time we all moved on, not going to wish Sagna luck, but I won’t boo him either, he has been fantastic for us, and at 31 I guess it was the right time to let me go.

midgunner
midgunner

Bad week so far!

Vermaelen next…?

deano

Apparently Ushited are interested so wouldn’t be a great surprise.

Norsegooner
Norsegooner

Frustrating transfer window…. again!?

Elia
Elia

I watch a lot of French football, and if rumours are true and we do in fact sing Aurier, then that’s the perfect replacement. He really has everything pace, power can attack and defend, he has been compared to dani alves and was recently voted in to the team of the year. I for one will miss Sagna and I wish him well but we have to look to the future in Aurier,

Me
Me

Our rivals get a little bit stronger and we get a little bit weaker.

Thats not good business is it?

Especially when you have an idiot in charge who doesn’t know what he’s doing.

We needed a striker in January so he brings in another midfielder.

But now that we need a right back we might get that striker that we need.

Wenger should have gone – a dinosaur long since extinct…

glory hunter
glory hunter

Can we just have 1 transfer window with no drama, is that too much to ask.
For feck sake ūüôĀ

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

Yes he was a fantastic player for us but like so many others pound signs come before loyalty to a club now. Another two/three years at Arsenal would have earned him at least another ¬£10,000,000 and he could have retired an Arsenal legend. At Abu Dhabi United he won’t be a legend and will likely spend half the season on the bench …

Footballlers these day’s do not live in the real world. Plenty of them earn more in a week than I will earn in 30 years yet still they want more money. Greed doesn’t begin to describe it …

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

oh well. Hope he has a nice time on the bench. On another note David Bentley has retired at 29! Fell out of love with the game he says. Haha. Maybe if he’d actually applied himself instead of goofing about, running around in his pants chucking water over Harry Redknapp he might have made something of himself. What a bell end.

Geefive
Geefive

See ya around Bacary. Thanks for the hard work and dedication. Real class act. Really enjoyed watching you the last 7 years. I hope you enjoy the extra cash, and now you can sit back on the pine and relax, get fat, and let Zabaleta do all the work. Double your wage, and do half (if not less) of the work. Can’t fault you for that. I suggest faking an injury for 3/4 of the season. Let the Sheik pay for your vacation. Milk it for all its worth.
PS: Could you punch Nasri in the face for me? Thanks, man.

Goon
Goon

Wish him all the best. He honoured his contract and is a man of respect. A very, very good role model.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

Doesn’t live in the real world?!? I think we criticise these players precisely BECAUSE they are living too much in the real world–if someone wants to pay you 30%< more for doing the same job, you do it. Yes, 10,000,000 is a tremendous amount of money, but why would any professional in his or her right mind NOT accept more money to do the same thing? For the majority of us, if a rival company or boss approached us, guaranteed us basically the same work environment, told us we'd get a massive pay increase to do our job or perhaps slightly less, that the money was guaranteed, and that we'd still retire in about the same short period of time, we'd be out the f'n door in a second. When we expect footballers to turn down millions of pounds out of loyalty, I'd suggest that WE are not living in the real world.

Monkey Nuts
Monkey Nuts

You are comparing eggs with oranges.

Yes I’d go and work for someone who is willing to pay me 30% more than what I’m on because it would make a difference to my life, as in paying for a holiday, new shoes for the kids, wife having her nails done, shopping at waitrose rather than Nettos.

Oh I’m on ¬£80000 a week. I need ¬£130000 a week otherwise I won’t be able to afford the fucking gas bill. Get fucking real.

Sagna and RVP and most footballers don’t live in the real world. Playing football 180 minutes a week and popping in to to do training 8 hours a week and being paif ¬£100000 a week is not the real world.

You are defending the indefensible and your argument is tired and shite

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

That’s not saying that the past two days haven’t been fucking awful.

Glocken
Glocken

Typical Arsenal summer.

1) One of the best players leaves for a rival

2) Pass up the opportunity to sign a world class player for a reasonable.

3) Manager sitting on his arse commentating for French TV and will only bother to look for players after the World Cup in his own time while enjoying his fat new contract.

Look forward to us signing Gareth Barry & Samuel Eto on free transfers on August 31 while Wenger and Kronke are laughing all the way to the bank.

Siz C
Siz C

Lol, if only City had kept Kolo….. Then they would have been a quarter away from completing the Arsenal back4 from 7 years ago.

….. Who was Kolo’s partner in our defense? Was it Gallas?