Bacary Sagna knows just how important this weekend could be for Arsenal’s prospects of a top-four finish.

With the two teams immediately above them - Aston Villa and Chelsea - meeting at Villa Park on Saturday lunchtime, Arsenal will close the gap on one or both of their rivals if they beat Sunderland at Emirates Stadium.

Sagna is expected to line up against the Black Cats and he spoke exclusively to Arsenal TV Online ahead of the game. The Frenchman discussed:

  • the impressive win against Cardiff
  • playing without ‘the handbrake’
  • staying strong in defence
  • a pivotal weekend in the Premier League
  • whether he will watch the Villa-Chelsea game
  • the threat of fellow Frenchman Djibril Cisse
  • his first impressions of Andrey Arshavin

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