Bacary Sagna slams Arsene Wenger over tapping up claim

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna applauds the fans after a pre-season game in Indonesia on July 14, 2013
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Bacary Sagna hits back at Arsene Wenger following claims that he agreed his City move before his Arsenal contract expired.

Bacary Sagna has rejected Arsene Wenger's claims that he was tapped up by new club Manchester City prior to leaving Arsenal this summer.

The Frenchman ended his seven-year stint with the Gunners in June and joined City on a Bosman after failing to agree a new contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The move seemed to irk Wenger, who suggested that Sagna agreed his move to the Citizens before he was permitted to negotiate with the Premier League champions.

However, the 31-year-old defender insists that he is "very professional" and remains puzzled over his former manager's jibes.

"I know exactly what happened - everyone knows," he told The Mirror. "I am not a tricky person. I am very professional, so I don't want to comment on it.

"All I will say is that I was at Arsenal for a number of years. I have always been straight. I have always given the maximum.

"Even when I came back from injury and was not fully fit, I always played. I don't know why he said this."

Sagna made 284 Arsenal appearances since arriving in North London from Auxerre in 2007.

Bacary Sagna of Arsenal in action during the match between Arsenal and Napoli at Emirates Stadium on August 3, 2013
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