By Declan Taylor

Bacary Sagna fully understands the Arsenal fans’ frustrations after their third successive Premier League goalless draw on Saturday.

The blank against Sunderland followed stalemates with Tottenham and West Ham leaving the Gunners fifth in the Premier League, 17 points behind leaders Manchester United.

Saturday’s final whistle was greeted by groans from some sections of the Emirates Stadium crowd and Sagna can fully understand why.

Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Roma, the Frenchman explained that he is aware of the supporters’ dissatisfaction but insists that the Gunners are doing everything they can to turn it around.

“The fans love football and they wish to see their team winning all the time and scoring goals,” said Sagna. “We understand their frustration. But they have to understand we are human first and we give everything. I think we are doing quite well at the moment defensively and we just need to score goals.

“I think on the pitch we gave everything. Maybe it was not enough but I don’t know why we can’t score at the moment. The team is working very hard, I can tell you. Some days are harder than others but what is most important is we keep working hard.”

Sagna is well aware of how crucial a first-leg advantage can be at this stage of the Champions League. However, the right back does not expect a shift in Arsenal’s gameplan when the Giallorossi visit.
“All games are important now,” he went on. “This is a very important game at home first and we know it will be difficult.

“But we will play our own game and give everything as we are used to and we will try to win.”

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23 Feb 2009