By Nick Ames
Bacary Sagna is in line to make his 200th Arsenal appearance next week - and has set himself a special target for the occasion.
The French right back is nearing the end of his fifth season with the Club, and admits that he couldn’t feel any more at home. His double century could come against Manchester City and it would make him proud.
“Reaching 200 games for Arsenal would be a great achievement for me and a dream come true,” he told this month’s Official Arsenal Magazine. “But I must say, I have to score on my 200th game now! I have to!
“Seriously, I’m very proud and I hope that many more games will come with Arsenal. I feel I’m part of the scenery here. It’s a real honour to play here. I am so lucky to be part of the history of this club.”
Sagna's milestone will be all the more impressive because he missed four months of this season with a leg fracture, sustained at White Hart Lane on October 1. The 29 year-old admits that the experience has changed him – and his view of his team-mates.
“It has marked me forever,” said Sagna. “It was the first big injury of my career but I always felt I was part of the team despite being on the sidelines. I went to all the games, even with my crutches.
“Now, I can imagine what Jack [Wilshere] or Abou [Diaby] have gone through with their injuries. I have so much respect for the way they have coped with it because it was hard for me to be like that for four months and so for them, it must have been even harder.”