Bacary Sagna tells Atlantique magazine that staying at Arsenal “is difficult”

French football website Atlantique Football have eked out an interesting interview with Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna.

Sagna’s current contract expires at the end of next season, and all the overtures from inside the Arsenal management is that they’d be keen on keeping the French right-back at the club for as long as possible. Now, however, it seems that Sagna is consigned to leaving the Emirates at the end of his present deal.

A translation of Sagna’s interview with Atlantique magazine can be read below:

What is your assessment of Arsenal’s start to the season?

Slow (laughs). It was difficult to start for several reasons. We lost key players over the summer, while there were also quite a few arrivals. We know very well that it always takes a little time for everyone to be blend together… I hope the season will turn. 

Do you Arsenal are missing van Persie and Song?

Yes, especially van Persie. He carried the team on his own last season. And the fact that he is now with Manchester United, this is huge. To have a player like van Persie ismakes a huge différence. He is awesome. Some of the things he does are incredible. Since my arrival at Arsenal, he has had a lot of injuries, but still he scored loads of goals.

Have you already said goodbye to the Premier League title?

It will be difficult, very difficult, especially against teams like Manchester United and Manchester City who do not give up. All we want to have as successful a second half of the season as posisible. We have to go as far as possible in all the competitions we are in. We are in the next round of the FA Cup, while as for the Champion’s League we need to stay focused for the best possible finish.We are underdogs [against Bayern Munich] but we have still a lot of pressure. The fact that we did not win anything for quite some time mens that people expect a lot from us.

You were talking about Manchester United and Manchester City. In your opinion, which of the two will win the championship?

Manchester United. They are beefier, more solid. Over time it is them. In matches where they struggle they somehow manage to win. “

It’s been six years since Arsenal have own a title. Do you want to leave?

Honestly I am under contract with Arsenal, and I will see out my contract with the club. After that is a difficult question. Before leaving, because I will leave here one day, I would like to win something with my club. I don’t want to answer yes or no now because in football you never know what will happen.