- Bacary Sagna expressed his disappointment at Fabregas' comments about leaving the Gunners in 2011
- Fabregas recently claimed in an interview the pressure that came with being Arsenal captain was too much
- The Spain international also suggested there were only two players on his level at the time
- His former team mate Sagna was not very impressed by the sentiments as he attempted to shed more light on what was expected back then
Former Arsenal fullback Bacary Sagna has hit back at ex-teammate Cesc Fabregas over the his recent comments on why he left Arsenal in 2011.
Fabregas was the star during Arsene Wenger’s reign at the Emirates as he broke through the ranks as a teenager.
The Spaniard comprehensively talked about his time at North London in Arsenal podcast where he blatantly claimed he left for Barcelona since the Gunners squad at the time was pretty much hopeless.
He claimed: "I was the captain, I always felt so much pressure on myself. I had to lead this team to win something. I gave everything.”
According to Fabregas, in the weeks leading up to his famous exit for Barcelona in 2011, only Robin Van Persie and Samir Nasri were playing in the same wavelength as himself.
Bacary Sagna clearly was not impressed by Fabregas’ sentiments as he hit back at him.
Sagna, who was part of the PFA Team of the year twice during his Premier League stint, faulted Fabregas as he expressed more was expected of the captain at the time.
“From him I was surprised because he was supposed to be one of the leaders of the team, he was one of the great prospects and as a leader and a true player, you don’t speak like that about your club.
“Arsenal made him so saying that some players were not at his level was a bit harsh because I’m not sure out of all the seasons he was playing at the club, he was always an exemplary player,” Sagna told Goal.
He went on to cite a classic example of how media was adamant Fabregas was a quality player in 2011 because he “didn’t run enough”.
“At that time the press was talking about him not running enough or tracking back. So other players could have said ‘you should be running more or doing more," Sagna said.
Fabregas’ move from Emirates came with success as he won two La Liga titles at Barcelona before returning to the Premier League to join Chelsea.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that players whose contracts expire at the end of the season and were hoping to make a switch have been dealt a blow as global football governing body FIFA plans on applying stringent measures to curb the coronavirus.
According to reports from The Times, players will have to stay at their current club for much longer despite their contract having expired if the campaign to curb the virus continues.
Players such as Chelsea duo Willian and Pedro Rodriguez were hoping to walk out of Stamford Bridge in the summer when their contracts run out.
Brazilian Willian has in recent times been strongly linked with a move to German giants Bayern Munich, after slowly falling out of favor in London for the likes of the much younger trio of Callum Hudson Odoi, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic.
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