Sagna: ‘It’s no different’

Bacary Sagna says Sunday’s FA Community Shield game against former club Arsenal will be just like any other match – and revealed ex-Gunners Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy were influential in him joining them at Manchester City.

The full-back followed his fellow Frenchmen to the Premier League champions on a free transfer this summer after his contract last season’s FA Cup winners expired.

And after seeing the success Nasri and Clichy have enjoyed since leaving the north London club for Manchester in 2011, Sagna says it was an easy decision to join them at the Etihad Stadium.

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“Yes, I spoke to them [Nasri and Clichy] many times,” Sagna told MCFC.co.uk. 

“They knew I was free and wanted to move, and told me to come because they have a great team with a great mentality, who work hard and win trophies.”

Sagna will be competing with Pablo Zabaleta for the right-back spot this season, but claims he needed a new challenge – and the one that awaits him at City is exactly what he needs.

“I needed a change, I spent seven years at Arsenal and I had great times there but I wanted to start from the bottom again and work hard again,” he revealed.

“When you come into a team like this it’s not hard to motivate yourself, I watched them celebrate last season and three years ago and I wanted to celebrate too.”

And on the prospect of making his debut against his former club, Sagna says he is not one for sentimentality, adding he will not treat the game any differently.

“Not at all. Arsenal are one of the other teams who we have to play and beat. My team is Manchester City and I will give the maximum.”

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