Bacary Sagna believes a 'love of learning’ is the reason for his assured performances when selected at centre back.

An injury to Thomas Vermaelen meant the French defender filled in at the heart of defence on the Club’s summer tour of Asia and he was also picked in that position for Sunday’s Emirates Cup clash against Galatasaray.

Sagna has impressed in his less familiar role and is feeling much stronger this summer after missing out on last year's pre-season through injury.

On the pitch everything is different [when you play in a different position]. It's OK for me. It's different but I love learning

Bacary Sagna

“I'm quite pleased [with my pre-season]. I was injured last season so I didn't have any pre-season and I think you could see it in my performances," he told the Matchday Show on Arsenal Player.

“I was not as sharp as I used to be so I'm very happy to start from the beginning and I'm looking forward to win something this season.

“Playing at centre back started last [season],” added Sagna. “Laurent Koscielny was injured at Sunderland and the coach came to me asking if I wanted to play centre back because we had no cover. I just went for it and tried to adapt as quickly as possible.

“On the pitch everything is different [when you play in a different position]. It's OK for me. It's different but I love learning.

“I see myself as a right back but if I have to cover sometimes or play centre back, I will do it for the Club, my team and myself as well."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Nik Brumsack 6 Aug 2013