One of the more public Arsenal signings was finally confirmed yesterday when Bacary Sagna (not Bakari, or Bakary, apparently) signed on the dotted line for a fee reported to be anywhere from 6m to 7.5m, which is quite a price for a position in which two players who have just signed long terms deal play.
A lot of eyes will be on the Barnet friendly tomorrow to see where the puzzle clicks together – will Eboue be pushed forward? Is he now a reserve? Is Hoyte now Clichy’s understudy at his weaker position of left back? Is he in fact completely out of favour? Or are there other plans for the dynamic new Frenchman?
It all makes for an interesting debate, but can you name another team in the Premiership with such a flexible defence? It seems most of them can play in multiple positions across the back, which is great for covering injuries although a settled back four will have to be established. If, as has been suggested, Sagna is more in the Lauren mould than Eboue, then he’d be most welcome, especially if he did something like this:
A winger is now the only essential signing, while any other additions would be simply to improve the quality of what is there already, which I can only assume is the rationale behind the Sagna deal.
To add to the feelgood, Cesc has again confirmed he is staying, although he also claims Real have been in talks with him, which as Arseblog points out, is completely illegal unless Arsenal gave them permission, which they plainly didn’t.
In other, aren’t you glad we have nothing to do with the Tevez nonsense?