Is Sagna right to blast Arsenal fans for `greedy` slur?

I am not sure if it came as too much of a surprise to Bacary Sagna that some of the Arsenal fans took his decision not to sign a new contract with the Gunners. The fact that he also decided to move to one of our biggest Premier League rivals, Man City, must have made him think of the recent sagas with the likes of Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie, but maybe not.

Because the France international seems to have been taken aback by being accused of greed by some Gooners. And when you read what he says in an interview with John Cross of The Mirror, it appears that the Frenchman has a good point. Sagna reminds us that, although his contract with his new club represents a huge jump in his weekly wages to £150,000, he stuck with the Gunners for seven seasons on much less money than he could have got elsewhere, with no trophy to show for it until the FA cup win at Wembley last season.

Sagna said, “First of all, I want to clear something up. I keep reading many things about me, about my salary and me being greedy. But I’m not.

“I stayed six or seven years with the same salary at Arsenal. It’s clearly not for the money. Personally, I just wanted a change.

“I wanted a boost in my career and I think it was the right time to do it. It was a difficult thing to do, very difficult. For me, Arsenal is my family, it’s home. It’s the club that made me grow as a player and as a man so it was not easy at all.

“But I will say it one more time – I just needed a change.”

We should remember how quickly Ashley Cole abandoned the club and the manager who developed him, when his wage demands were not met. Then you have players like Nasri and Fabregas who made it very difficult for the Gunners not to sell them, for whatever reasons.

So I think Sagna is right to be upset about the accusations of being a mercenary that have come from a seemingly small section of Arsenal fans. I still think he should have stayed with us, because Pablo Zabaleta will make it very hard for him to get a game, but I cannot condemn him for his decision. Can you?

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4 comments

  1. sw says:

    As an Arsenal fan I feel shameful for those so call “brainless Gooners” whom give us a very bad impression criticise the player when they leave for another club. We should thanks them for giving their best years of their career with us.
    Same goes for Cesc Frebregas, both of his favourite club Barcelona & Arsenal doesn’t want him. So he has his right choose any club he wishes

  2. Millz says:

    It’s sad that we’ve jumped on his back, the guy was a loyal servant in his 7 years and you can’t blame him for wanting his last contract to be a good one, and one that lasts 3 years rather than 2. Not everyone that leaves arsenal leave just for the money and it’s embarrassing that we keep saying it, we sound like a broken record, one which has no layalty to players once they leave.

    1. shini says:

      Why do arsenal fans always moan whenever a player leaves the club and most especially when the player is guaranteed a better salary somewhere else. It’s disgusting! It’s always arsenal fans. Big clubs don’t moan over such thing bcos they know they will always find a replacement.

  3. Ebere says:

    I don’t think we should criticize him. He spent almost his whole years at arsenal and he was a faithful gunner. I think those making noise are just a minority of the fans who just want to be heard.

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