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Sagna stands by 'circus' statement: It's about Arsenal - the club

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has hit out at the board.

Sagna, who now plays under Thierry Henry at Montreal Impact, spent seven seasons in north London between 2007-2014 but only won one FA Cup before moving on to Manchester City.

He told Goal: "When I called the club a circus, it was not about the players, the performance or their quality.

"It was about the club.

"How you can be in London, which is probably the most attractive city in the UK, have a great stadium such as the Emirates and not be doing more?

"Basically, the club is able to bring in any player today because every player loves Arsenal. If you are any player in foreign leagues, their beloved team along with United, is Arsenal. The club could be much more higher.

"Obviously now with big spenders like City coming into the game they have tried to have an ethic, which I respect a lot, but you have to make some choices.

"Don't expect the players to perform like teams who have maybe two squads."

The Gunners are owned by American billionaire Stan Kroenke, who has often been criticised by supporters for his running of the club.

Sagna is also clearly not a fan of the businessman, adding: "As a player you want the club to show some desire. Not necessarily in spending money, but someone needs to run the club properly and you don't really know who is leading Arsenal. Who is taking the big decisions?

"Back in the day you knew Arsenal were taking decisions through Arsene Wenger. He was the leader. Since he left, you don't know who is leading.

"For a club like Arsenal, I thought there would be more leadership. That's why I said that about it being a circus. It's because I love Arsenal. When you love something it's like having a relationship with someone.

"Whenever I'm critical, I'm not critical in a bad way. I just can't understand what's happening."


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