By Giuseppe Muro

Bacary Sagna does not resent William Gallas for his move to local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Arsenal captain will return to Emirates Stadium on Saturday for the first time since his switch across north London and, although Gallas is expected to get a mixed reception from the fans, Sagna holds no grudges against his former team mate.

Gallas spent four years at the Club, making 142 appearances, and the right back feels he deserves respect for the commitment and professionalism he showed while in the red and white of Arsenal.

“I’m not angry at him because he signed for our rivals,” said Sagna.

“He was always very professional and he always gave everything [during his time here].

“Football is football, I’m not furious against him. He needed to leave to play football and that is what he loves.

“Even if the newspapers were talking about him because of his behaviour, [that] was his hunger because he wanted to win so much. Maybe he expressed it in a bad way but it was not bad at all because he wanted us to win.

“I’ve kept in touch with him. On the pitch there is a war but off the pitch we are all friends.

“He deserves a good reception because during the time he played for Arsenal he always did well.”

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