Bacary Sagna (; born 14 February 1983 in Sens) is a France France national football team Association football defender (football) of Senegalese descent, who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Arsenal F.C.. Bacary Sagna cousin Ibrahima Sonko also plays in England, for Portsmouth F.C.. Sagna is called Bac
by the majority of Bacary Sagna teammates.
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Bacary Sagna (; born 14 February 1983 in Sens) is a France France national football team Association football defender (football) of Senegalese descent, who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Arsenal F.C.. Bacary Sagna cousin Ibrahima Sonko also plays in England, for Portsmouth F.C.. Sagna is called Bac by the majority of Bacary Sagna teammates.
AuxerreSagna started Bacary Sagna career at FC Sens. Sagna made 87 Ligue 1 appearances for AJ Auxerre and was part of the squad that won the French Cup in 2005. Bacary Sagna also played in the UEFA Cup in each of Bacary Sagna three seasons with the club's first team, making a total of 17 appearances in the competition. Bacary Sagna was also voted into the Ligue 1 team of the season for Bacary Sagna outstanding displays at the right back position.
2007–08 seasonOn 12 July 2007, Sagna completed a move to Arsenal from Auxerre for an undisclosed fee, thought to have been an initial €9 million that could rise to €11 million. Bacary Sagna wears the number 3 shirt, most recently worn for Arsenal by former defender Ashley Cole, despite Bacary Sagna being a right back.
Sagna made Bacary Sagna debut for Arsenal on 19 July 2007 as a starter in the squad that beat Turkish club Genclerbirligi 3–0 in a friendly at Austria's Bad Waltersdorf Stadion.
On 13 February 2008, exactly one week before Arsenal were set to play the second leg of their 4th round encounter against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League Sagna's older brother, Omar Sagna, died at the age of 28, the day before Bacary Sagna birthday. Bacary Sagna did however play the match after Bacary Sagna was advised to by Bacary Sagna father. Arsenal went on to win the second leg 0–2 with the same scoreline on aggregate.
On 23 March, Sagna tallied Bacary Sagna first league goal off a header from a corner kick to give Arsenal a 1–0 lead against London rivals Chelsea F.C. at Stamford Bridge (stadium), but later went off injured before Chelsea came back to win the game 2–1. At the end of the season, Bacary Sagna was named in the PFA Team of the Year.
2008–09 seasonSagna signed a new deal with Arsenal before the start of the 2008–09 season. Arsenal have signed Bacary Sagna for a further two years, taking Bacary Sagna contract up to 2014. Sagna stated. "I love Arsenal, it's a great club", and further added, "The manager is also very good and next season we will be fighting for all the trophies." Bacary Sagna stunningly saved Arsenal in a 2–2 draw against Aston Villa when Bacary Sagna jumped and kicked the ball away so that Arsenal would go into half time in the lead.
2009–10 seasonSagna struggled to replicate Bacary Sagna form from the previous two seasons as injuries also prevented Bacary Sagna from contributing to the team in the same way. Bacary Sagna provided many assists though. Bacary Sagna most important contribution was giving a cross to Nicklas Bendtner to make it 1-0 in the 95th against Hull. Despite this Bacary Sagna has been still linked away from the club with various teams, most recently Inter Milan, seemingly interested in taking the defender away from London.
2010–11 seasonSagna scored Bacary Sagna first goal at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal against Celtic F.C., a game in which Arsenal went on to win 3–2 and win the Emirates Cup for the second consecutive year. Bacary Sagna was at fault when Bacary Sagna let a player get passed Bacary Sagna to let Bacary Sagna assist a goal when Arsenal lost 3–2 at the hands of West Bromwich Albion. Bacary Sagna made Bacary Sagna 100th league start for Arsenal on 3 October 2010, a 2–0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (stadium). On 14 November 2010, Bacary Sagna scored only Bacary Sagna second ever official goal for Arsenal in a 2–1 away victory against Everton at Goodison Park, with a powerful shot from the near post. On 8 December 2010, Sagna picked up Bacary Sagna first red card in Bacary Sagna Arsenal career in a 3–1 home victory against Partizan Belgrade in Arsenal's final UEFA Champions League group game of the season. On 1 January 2011, in a match with Birmingham City, Bacary Sagna was involved in an incident where Lee Bowyer for Birmingham stamped on Bacary Sagna after Sagna had gone in for a tackle, Bowyer was then banned by the F.A for three games for the stamp. On 5 January 2011, Sagna picked up Bacary Sagna second red card of the season after Bacary Sagna and Manchester City fullback Pablo Zabaleta headbutted each other in the final moments of Arsenal's 0–0 draw with Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. On 19 January 2011, Sagna scored Bacary Sagna second goal of the season with Arsenal's second goal in their 3-1
victory over Leeds United at Elland Road in a 3rd round reply. This was Sagna's career best for goal scoring, Bacary Sagna previous best came in the 2007/08 season where Bacary Sagna only got one goal. As of February 2011, Bacary Sagna has made 163 appearances and has scored 3 goals in Arsenal colours since signing for them back in the summer of 2007.
U-21Sagna has previously represented the France national under-21 football team, with whom Bacary Sagna also participated at the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.
At age 17 Sagna wished to join up with the Senegalese national team stating, "I wanted to play for Senegal when I was 17, but they didn't reply. So I was a bit disappointed. But when I started playing for Auxerre for the first team they contacted me (Senegal) and I had a game at the at the same day with the French national team under 21s so I had to make a choice".
SeniorBacary Sagna received Bacary Sagna first senior international Cap (sport) for France national football team on 22 August 2007 in a friendly match against Slovakia national football team on the road, which they won 1–0, coming on as a substitute for François Clerc after one hour of play. Bacary Sagna went on to make Bacary Sagna competitive debut for France in their 6–0 away win at the Faroe Islands national football team on 13 October 2007 in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, playing all 90 minutes. It was Bacary Sagna only appearance in the Euro 2008 qualifying. Bacary Sagna was not a candidate to join the French team at the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland as Bacary Sagna was still recovering from the injury sustained in Arsenal's Premier League match at Chelsea F.C. in March 2008.
After recovering from the injury, Sagna returned to the French national team for their friendly match against Sweden national football team in August 2008, playing all 90 minutes in a 3–2 away win for France. Bacary Sagna went on to become a regular in the French team's qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Bacary Sagna was part of the disastrous France national football team World Cup 2010 Campaign when the team crashed out at the Group stage after losing against South Africa national football team.