Full-back defends his former Gunners boss as supporters call for Frenchman’s head after thirteen years without title
BACARY SAGNA believes the treatment being dished out to old boss Arsene Wenger is unfair.
Arsenal chief Wenger is under constant fire from fans who want him axed after THIRTEEN years without a Premier League title.
Saturday’s shambolic 3-1 defeat at West Brom saw the Gunners drop out of the top four.
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Sagna’s Manchester City can deliver another hammer blow to Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League qualification when they visit the Emirates for a Premier League clash on April 2.
And, three weeks later, they can end Wenger’s hopes of a seventh FA Cup triumph by seeing off the Gunners in the semi-final at Wembley.
Yet Sagna, who played for Wenger for seven years until 2014, insists his old boss can ride out the storm.
The French full-back said: “I am quite sad for the manager because he doesn’t deserve what’s happening to him.
“He’s a great man and an institution for Arsenal. It’s not fair. Sometimes you can have difficult moments but he has always been there for the team.
“They are having a tough moment but the players can turn it around. I would like him to stay. I associate Arsenal with his name.”
The Gunners are now down in sixth spot, six points adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool and facing the prospect of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
They have a tough run-in, with City up next after the international break as well as games against Tottenham, Manchester United and Everton.
Sagna, 34, says he will always owe Wenger a huge debt of gratitude for what he did for him during his career.
He said: “For the rest of my life I will be thankful to him because he brought me to England.
“And I will be thankful because even when I had tough moments he always showed trust in me.
“That’s why it’s quite difficult for me to see him in this position but, to me, he is the man for this situation at Arsenal.
“Whenever you have a hard time you just have to step up and that’s what they will try to do against us.”
It could be an uncomfortable afternoon at the Emirates though, with supporters divided over whether the long-serving boss should stay.
Sagna said: “Of course the fans are disappointed because of the results. Anyone would be with what has happened on the pitch.
“But they have quality players, players who can react, players who are part of the Champions League every season.
“They can beat anyone. They remain good players.
“Maybe commitment-wise they were not that confident and without that confidence it’s difficult to play.”
Sagna yesterday pulled out of the France squad due to the groin injury he suffered against Monaco — which also prevented him from starting the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.