Sagna looks to Old Trafford for compensation



Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is looking to the Gunners FA Cup clash with Manchester United on Saturday to make up for their Champions League disappointment.

Arsenal crashed out the Europe with a 3-1 defeat in Barcelona, after controversially losing Robin Van Persie with the scores level at 1-1.

Sagna has called upon his team to take their frustrations out on Manchester United, and make up for the loss.

Sagna said, “It is a big blow to us (to lose to Barca), to be honest the referee has made a mistake, Van Persie’s dismissal was a bit soft, especially when he was already on a yellow card.

“We will be back again in that competition, Barcelona played well but to be honest when we scored the equaliser I could see them panicking.

“The red card was a boost for them and our downfall, but we need to regroup before going to Old Trafford on Saturday, a big game against the league leaders in the cup.

“If we can get a good result there we will compensate the loss here. We are very unlucky in the sending-off.”

Sagna is looking to learn from the defeat and hopes to take the lessons learnt to Old Trafford.

“We can learn a lot from Barcelona – they kept playing as a team, kept passing the ball quite well. We have to think about the way they played and it must be an inspiration,” the France international said.

“We have to be strong because we want to be successful. We have to fight for the team, for the fans and everyone.

“We want to bring something back to the Emirates and so we have to think about the next game.

“Everyone is still confident we can win something.

“The good point is we don’t have time to think about what happened last night.

“We just want to train as hard as we can and give the maximum.”

He added: “We are ready to fight because we are even more frustrated after what happened last night and we want to give more.

“It will be another big game on Saturday. We just want to go there and play our football.”

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