Bacary Sagna attacks Arsenal hierarchy for key failing in club’s demise

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has said that the club’s players are not to blame for the team’s poor form, insisting that the management of proceedings behind the scenes is like a “circus”.

The Gunners sat ninth in the Premier League table heading into the weekend’s action, with a 3-1 win over West Ham on Monday ending their worst run of results in 42 years.

Arsenal are currently looking for a permanent successor to Unai Emery, who lost his job last month with Freddie Ljungberg installed in his place on a temporary basis.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of their clash with champions Manchester City on Sunday, Sagna had his say on why Arsenal are struggling for momentum this season.

“It’s a big circus at the club, you don’t really know who’s leaving and who is making the decisions,” the Frenchman said.

“It seems like the players lack confidence. You can’t blame them because they don’t know who is going to the the next manager. It’s a tricky situation for the club.”

When asked how Arsenal can begin to improve their form, Sagna added: “First of all they need to find a good manager and stability in the club.

“Because in past years they always have players leaving at the end of seasons and it’s been a long time since they kept the same group of players.

“You still have great players in Mesut Ozil and [Nicolas] Pepe and even the defence.

“I think it’s more like a lack of confidence why the defenders aren’t performing.”



In other Arsenal news, full-back Kieran Tierney is set for around three months on the sidelines due to injury.

The Scotland international suffered a dislocated shoulder in the win over the Hammers on Monday and is set to undergo surgery next week.

The Gunners will also be without Granit Xhaka against City due to concussion e to a concussion, while Rob Holding (knee) and Dani Ceballos (hamstring) are both out.