By Chris Harris

Bacary Sagna believes his French team-mates will seek redemption with their clubs this season after a nightmare summer at the World Cup.

Three current Arsenal players were in Raymond Domenech's squad in South Africa - Sagna, Gael Clichy and Abou Diaby - but all three have started the new campaign in fine fettle. The Gunners are second only to Chelsea in the Premier League table, a team that also contains notable France internationals in Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka.

Like his compatriots Sagna had a summer to forget so has he managed to get over Les Bleus' poor showing in South Africa?

"Yes, I have had to," he replied.

"I'm looking forward to improving and having a good season and I can't keep that [the World Cup] in my mind if I want to stay focused.

"I think it's totally different now [for the French players]. You play every day with the same players at club level and you want to give everything. We played really badly, that's it. There's nothing to hide. Now we have to look forward."

France were firm favourites to qualify from their World Cup group but took just one point from three games against Uruguay, Mexico and the hosts.

Now Sagna is embarking on another group stage with Arsenal in the Champions League. The Gunners are also odds-on to advance but their right back is taking nothing for granted.

"On paper, it's easy to talk but it's difficult on the pitch," he warned.

"I experienced [an upset] with the France national team. So we just want to finish first and will go game after game."

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14 Sep 2010