By Chris Harris
Bacary Sagna is confident that Arsenal will cope when the pressure mounts at the business end of the season.
Arsène Wenger's side fell away after leading the Premier League for much of the 2007/08 campaign and then fell short in the FA Cup and Champions League last term after reaching the Semi-Finals of both competitions. Arsenal are handily placed at home and in Europe this time around - they lie just three points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League and have every chance of advancing to the last eight in Europe.
Sagna is still waiting to lift his first trophy in English football but he is confident that the squad's increasing maturity - and the presence of experienced heads like Sol Campbell and William Gallas - will ensure that this year's quest for honours has a happy ending.
"We have grown up and are wiser than last year and two years ago," he told Arsenal.com. "We have learned a lot and now I think we can deal with the pressure.
"Having experienced players like Sol Campbell and William Gallas is massive because they know what it means and they know how they felt at the moment when they won.
"They can help us to imagine what we can do and what we can achieve all together. It is very important for them to talk a lot to the team and make us calm."
Subscribers can now watch the full interview with Bacary on Arsenal TV Online. He discusses:
- being in contention for two major prizes
- whether Arsenal really have an easier run-in
- handling the big games better
- the need for experience in pressure situations
- getting their 'pressing game' back
- being a full-back in a 4-3-3 formation
- getting enough protection
- how the system affects his attacking game
- criticism of Gael Clichy
- the battle for the right-back spot with Eboue