By Rob Kelly

Bacary Sagna says his five years at Arsenal have been “magic” so far and has described the Club as a family.

The France international celebrated his fifth anniversary at Emirates Stadium this summer having joined Arsenal from Auxerre in July 2007.

The 29-year-old has developed into one of the finest right backs in world football and is still enjoying himself in north London.

“It has been magic. I’ve enjoyed a lot playing for Arsenal and I still love it,” Sagna told Arsenal Player. “Every time I go to the pitch, I just give 100 per cent for the team.

“[The Club] is like my family. My personal family is in France but I feel at home here, I feel happy to come training and I feel relaxed. There are not many big clubs where you feel that confident.

“I think I have progressed a lot - that was my target, to come to such a big club and improve.

“I am very calm compared to when I came, I used to be a bit stressed before games but now I am totally relaxed because of my team-mates and the manager.”

Sagna admits he felt a degree of apprehension about making the move from France to England, but is delighted with how things have worked out.

“I was a bit nervous because my English was [very basic], I was leaving my family and friends and it was a new life for me,” he said.

“The first day was long. I had a lot of tests and I just had to wait for the FA to approve my contract. For one week I was scared something would happen.

“They finally [approved it] and I first started here at Emirates Stadium against Fulham. We won the game in the last 10 minutes, so it was just magic.”

Watch the full interview with Bacary on Arsenal Player now.

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14 Nov 2012