Bacary Sagna


BornFebruary 14, 1983


Bacary Sagna is a French footballer who plays for Arsenal and the France national football team. His cousin Ibrahima Sonko played in England, for Ipswich Town. Sagna started his career at FC Sens. Sagna made 87 Ligue 1 appearances for Auxerre and was part of the squad that won the French Cup in 2005. On 12 July 2007, Sagna completed a move to Arsenal from Auxerre for an undisclosed fee. 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 Champions League. At the end of the season, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year. Sagna signed a new deal with Arsenal before the start of the 2008–09 season. Arsenal have signed him for a further two years, taking his contract up to 2014. Sagna scored his first goal at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal against Celtic, a game in which Arsenal went on to win 3–2 and win the Emirates Cup for the second consecutive year. He made his 100th league start for Arsenal on 3 October 2010, a 2–0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Sagna was included in the PFA Team of the Year for his performance in the 2010–11 season. Sagna has previously represented the French under-21 team, with whom he also participated at the 2006 European Under-21 Championship. He received his first senior international cap for France on 22 August 2007 in a friendly match against Slovakia. Sagna has also been noted and well regarded for his strong tackles.
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