Bacary Sagna joins Manchester City: Arsenal defender issues heartfelt final farewell to fans
Sagna has completed a free transfer from Arsenal to City after the Premier League champions confirmed the news on Friday
Friday 13 June 2014
Bacary Sagna has issued his final farewell to Arsenal fans after he completed his free transfer to Premier League rivals Manchester City, admitting that the club made him into “the man he is today”.
Sagna is out on contract at the end of the month and will join up with City following the completion of the World Cup, having previously announced that he will be leaving Arsenal after seven years with the club.
For the Gunners, the move is particularly sour as Sagna will be the latest in a line of first-team players that have moved on to the current Premier League champions, with Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy all being lured to the Citizens since their 2008 Abu Dhabi takeover.
In a final message to Arsenal fans, Sagna has thanked them for his stay at the club and especially manager Arsene Wenger for showing the belief in him to “change his life”.
Posting on his Instagram account, Sagna wrote: “To be fair, i don't even know where to start or even how to say it... but i just wanna thank the whole Arsenal fc... a family to me, a club who taught me so much in 7years, a club where i had the chance to progress day by day, a club who always gave me his trust whenever i was personally not at my best , a club who change the kid i was to the man i am today, a club where i had the pleasure to give 200 pr cent every game. [SIC]
“I wanna thank the whole staff working at the club, the fans for accepting me so fast, making it smoove for myself and my family, my team mates witch i consider my true friends today and i had a great pleasure learning with them.[SIC]
“Of course i wanna thank the coach MR WENGER... who believed in me..gave me his trust..and clearly changed my life. Now, it's time for me to move on and one more time THANK YOU .”[SIC]
Read more: Wenger arrives in Brazil to take a closer look
Arsenal to activate clause for Vela
Real want £24m for Arsenal target Morata
The news comes a day after Arsenal had to endure the taunts of their London rivals following Chelsea's swoop for their former captain Cesc Fabregas, who will head to Stamford Bridge next season after a £30m deal was agreed with Barcelona.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger says he will be 'actively involved' on deadline day... but may not buy a striker despite Giroud injury
Fernando Torres to AC Milan: Jose Mourinho talks up Mattia Destro with Torres on verge of Chelsea exit
Mario Balotelli has been 'spoken to at length' and Liverpool have ensured he lives on Merseyside rather than Manchester
Champions League draw: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City learn group stage fate
Tottenham vs Liverpool: Hugo Lloris expects Spurs to wipe away shame of 4-0 and 5-0 defeats last season
- 2 Oil tanker with $100 million cargo goes missing off Texas coast
- 4 Saudi Arabia executes 19 in one half of August in 'disturbing surge of beheadings'
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward