“It is broken fibula, the same leg. He was kicked on it, it has not happened alone. When he was kicked, he has broken the leg. The guy closed him down and walked on him. I dont know if it was deliberate or not.” – Arsene Wenger.
Bacary Sagna must be inconsolable.
The Arsenal right back saw his season and summer programme take a major U-turn on Saturday after the Frenchman broke his leg against Norwich. And there is a conspiracy behind the saddening injury as Arsene Wenger believes it’s all Bradley Johnson’s fault.
In the 30th minute at the Emirates, Sagna collected a pass in the inside right channel, slipped as Johnson closed in, but still managed to toe-poke the ball to Yossi Benayoun on the right hand side. Sagna’s pass to Benayoun, however, came at a price.
Whilst his leg was extended, Johnson’s left foot came crashing down, and Sagna was left holding his ankle in pain. Sagna, though, was instantly back on his feet and only seconds later the Frenchman intimated that he had no idea his leg was broken (as claimed by Wenger) as he attempted to control a pass on his right foot.
As soon as the ball touched his boot, however, Sagna was sent crashing to the turf again in visual agony.
Whether Johnson was guilty of the break or not, 29 year-old Sagna will now spend his time trying to regain his fitness for the start of next season.
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