Sagna’s desire to play for Arsenal
One of the players that has been consistently linked with joining Arsenal over the summer break – Auxerre’s right-sided defender Bakari Sagna – has expressed his desire to move to England and play for the club next season. Auxerre’s vice-president Gerard Bourgoin commented on Sagna’s interest in Arsenal and Arsenal’s interest in Sagna but also added that no deal has been made between the two clubs yet.
“Sagna has a deep desire to play in England and he genuinely wants to wear the Arsenal shirt. They seem keen to sign him as well. The conditions for him to leave have not all been met – at least not for the time being.”
I really don’t know what to make of this situation apart from the fact that Sagna is a right-sided defender and Arsenal already have two players in this position on long-term contracts in Emmanuel Eboue and Justin Hoyte. If Arsenal’s interest in Sagna is genuine then it could mean a number of things for the club? Will manager Arsene Wenger push Eboue into right-midfield? Will Wenger convert Sagna into a midfielder or centre-back? Will Hoyte go out on loan? Only time will tell.
Tevez focused on Copa America
I reported yesterday that Arsenal are in pole position to sign West Ham striker Carlos Tevez after he turned down a deal with Italian champions Inter Milan. I also said that with Wenger on holiday and Tevez currently in Venezuela playing for Argentina in the Copa America it would be unlikely to see a deal for some time. Sure enough, Tevez’s advisor Kia Joorabchian has confirmed that no deal will be made until after the tournament.
“Carlos is playing in the Copa America at the moment and that is where his prime focus is. It is a big competition and we intend talking more seriously about his future when that tournament is over. At the moment there is no development.”
I gave my opinion of Arsenal signing Tevez in yesterday’s post so there is nothing really to add except that he scored the final goal in Argentina’s 4-1 win over the United States. Good stuff.
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