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Sagna has 'questions' over Arsenal sales

Fabien Perrin & ESPNStaff
September 6, 2012
Bacary Sagna is disappointed with Arsenal's exits this summer © PA Photos

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has admitted he was shocked by the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona over the summer.

Song's departure from the Emirates followed that of Robin van Persie, with the Cameroon international joining Barcelona for £15 million soon after the club's star striker had signed for Manchester United.

And Sagna, who is currently recovering from a broken leg, said he understood the fans' disappointment at the departures of two high-profile favourites.

The France international told L'Equipe: "We expected Robin Van Persie to leave, but not Alex Song ... it was a surprise. I still do not understand.

"This is a huge loss for the club. They were the top two players from last season - you ask a lot of questions. I understand that the fans are upset."

Arsenal have made a promising start to the season despite the sales, with Arsene Wenger's side yet to concede a goal.

They claimed their first win of the season at Liverpool on Sunday as summer signings Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla scored their first goals for the club.

Pressed further on the matter of Song, Sagna said: "He's 24 years-old, he still had three years of the contract. I still do not understand. This is a huge loss for the club.

"When you see the top two players from last season leave, you ask a lot of questions. In the street, fans come to see me sometimes. I understand they are upset. I like them, I do not quite understand.

"This is not alarming, but annoying. At Arsenal, you return from vacation, you're preparing, you see two players leave the club ... It's like that since I'm at the club. I'm used to it.

"I'm also the only player in the line-up in 2007 still present. In May, I watched Manchester City's Premier League trophy parade on TV. I saw Samir (Nasri) and Gael (Clichy) lift the trophy.

"For now, I just want to play again and again good with Arsenal. After that, we'll see ... Everyone has their destiny."

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