Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna queries player sales

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has questioned the summer sales of captain Robin van Persie and midfielder Alex Song.

The France full-back is currently recovering from a broken leg but could return to action by the start of next month.

Speaking to L’Equipe, Sagna said: “Everyone was expecting Robin Van Persie to leave, but Alex Song, that was a surprise. I don’t understand that at all. It is a big loss for the club.

“When you see two of the best players from last season leave, you ask a lot of questions. I understand why the supporters are nervous.”

Sagna, 29, signed from Auxerre four years ago but has seen a procession of team-mates leave the Emirates, including Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri, who won Premier League title with Manchester City last season.

He continued: “I am the only starting player left from 2007. In May, I watched City’s parade on TV. I saw Samir and Gael lift the trophy. I want that [feeling].”

Sagna enters the final year of his current deal at the end of the season, and though there has been no talk over an extension, he suggests he would like to sign a new deal.

“For the moment, I want to play with Arsenal, and find my level again.”