Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna hoping to put injury nightmare behind him
Bacary Sagna admits that he sees the north London derby as an opportunity to draw a line under Arsenal's recent troubles
Bacary Sagna is hoping to put his injury nightmare behind him when the Arsenal defender lines up against Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby on Sunday.
The French right-back suffered a broken leg during the Gunners 2-1 defeat by Spurs back in October, and finally made his long-awaited return to action against Aston Villa at the end of January.
Now, Sagna – signed by Arsene Wenger from Auxurre in 2007 – is desperate to show he is back to his best after having recovered from the injury.
“The first game was a nightmare for me because I got injured and was four months out,” he told Arsenal’s website.
“This match is a good opportunity to show that I am back and to be decisive even. I would like to win the game because it would be special to me.
“Every game is important but the derby is the killer one. This is one of the biggest games of the season and we know we have to win it. It will give us even more power to move forward.”
It has been a turbulent 10 days for Arsenal after their 4-0 defeat by AC Milan in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie was compounded by their FA Cup exit at the hands of Sunderland last weekend.
But Sagna insists the Gunners must put their recent disappointments behind them, starting with victory over Spurs at the Emirates.
“We can only look forward, we can only change things and this is the right time to do it,” he said.
“We play Tottenham, they are the enemy this weekend and we lost the first game [at White Hart Lane] and we want to bounce back from it. For the fans it is even more important because it is a derby and we can’t lose.”