ARSENAL have gone from Premier League winners to also-rans because their players became too comfortable.
Bacary Sagna reckons life was too cushy at Arsenal
That’s the stark assessment of former Gunners right-back Bacary Sagna who quit the club for Manchester City in 2014.
Sagna made over 200 appearances for the north Londoners during his seven-year stint at the Emirates.
He played under Arsene Wenger who was known for his laid-back way of dealing with players during his 22-year reign.
And the former France international hinted that the lack of intensity and discipline at the club became their downfall.
Speaking about his time with Arsenal, Sagna said: "Arsenal's players got too comfortable. That is the reason why I left the club.
"At a given point in your career, you need to get out of that comfort zone if you want to go forward.
"If you revel in that type of routine you risk losing everything.
"Arsenal have everything they need to be successful. They are based in London and have superb facilities and a great stadium.
"But the players need to show more desire out on the pitch.
"Arsenal can beat anybody. But in recent times they have been capable of the worst performances alongside the best.”
Sagna made 284 games for the Gunners
Sagna won the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014 and was twice selected for the PFA Premier League team of the year.
But his subsequent move to Manchester City did not result in the silverware haul that he perhaps expected.
The defender won the league cup in 2016 but could not achieve his goal of winning the Premier League trophy.
The 35-year-old went on to say that while he believes Unai Emery is the right man for the job, Arsenal fans should not have hounded Wenger out.
"A page has turned, and Emery is the right choice to bring the club on,” he said.
Sagna with Arsene Wenger who signed him for £8m
"He dealt with severe pressure at Paris Saint-Germain, and he will have a similar situation at Arsenal.
"Everyone will expect him to rebuild the club in a hurry.
“But the fans went too far with Arsene. He made them proud for 21 years, then some of them hired planes to fly banners calling his resignation during matches.”
Arsenal take on Manchester City tomorrow at the Emirates (4pm).