Paris Saint-Germain: Why Signing Arsenal's Bacary Sagna Would Be an Asinine Move

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentMay 14, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04:  Armand Traore (C) of Queens Park Rangers holds off the challenge of Bacary Sagna (L) and Theo Walcott (R) of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Arsenal at Loftus Road on May 04, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna comes to training well aware of the Paris Saint-Germain gibes he'll receive from his fellow Gunners (from Canal+ via

Everyday Arsenal players ask me about Paris.

They joke with me by saying 'you are no longer with us, you will be in Paris.' 

I have not been contacted personally by Paris Saint-Germain, but I will not close the door.

Neither Paris nor Monaco nor Arsenal. 

Jeremy Wilson at The Telegraph has reported some transfer scenarios involving Sagna: "There has been interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan but Sagna’s inconsistent form and contractual situation means that his worth has fallen quite significantly over the past year."

Arsène Wenger suspended the development of Carl Jenkinson to give Sagna every opportunity to revert back to the old Sagna, the one who used to be consistently ranked as one of the world's best right-backs. 

Alas for Wenger, Sagna's two leg-breaks last season has seen him have more moments akin to Gregory van der Wiel, one of the worst players in Europe this season, than a world-class right-back like Philipp Lahm, a cog in a Bayern Munich back line that has only conceded 15 league goals.

Sagna's blundering display in the recent 1-1 draw vs. Manchester United had José Bosingwa-esque mannerisms. 

It wasn't just Sagna's backpass to his ex-teammate, Robin van Persie, but him then running full-bolt toward the United forward, who was going nowhere, and conceding one of the daftest penalties this season indicated a lack of awareness. 

The most important characteristic of a defender is positional sense, and Sagna has lost that trait. 

Oddly enough, like Bosingwa for Chelsea last season, Sagna was class as a make-shift centre-back vs. Sunderland

From an attacking perspective, he has never been a Dani Alves when charging forward, but you can't help but feel sorry for Olivier Giroud when 83.3 percent of Sagna's crosses miss the target.

Van der Wiel and Christophe Jallet are not good enough to be starters for PSG, so why would upper management bring in Sagna? 

Unless they want the worse right-back triumvirate in Europe, it's pointless to even contemplate the thought of signing an out-of-form and deteriorating Sagna.

Van der Wiel, a €6 million signing from Ajax, has an average L'Équipe player rating of 4.4, which tells you that he's somehow managed to plummet from his awful displays at Euro 2012. 

His displays could be linked with what Johan Derksen had told Voetbal International (via last year: 

Van Der Wiel was working on everything except football. He has his own clothing line and was working too long on it.

Plus he was working on hip hop music and was getting his hair done every day. 

Arsenal don't need to extend Sagna's contract because they have a prospect in Hector Bellerin, who can occupy the second right-back position and compete with Jenkinson for a starting role. 

The only plus Sagna has as a possible PSG player is that he speaks French. 

Well, Serge Aurier, 20, of Toulouse, has the potential to be an elite right-back. 

The same can be said about Sochaux's 22-year-old Sébastien Corchia, who, despite having stretches of inconsistency, has something Sagna doesn't have—upside. 

Both would be substantially better French-speaking transfer targets than Sagna.

When it comes to transfer targets outside of Ligue 1, PSG would be opening a Pandora's box: Carlos Martínez, Łukasz Piszczek, Sebastian Jung and the plethora of Brazilian right-backs that Wagner Ribeiro, the agent of Lucas Moura and Neymar, will suggest. 


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