ARSENE WENGER admits the way Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna
has settled into life in the Barclays Premier League has taken him by "complete surprise".
Manuel Pellegrini's side have won just once in 14 games against the top eight in the Premier League this season, with Sagna
(above) admitting they have not been good enough.
, whose City team face Liverpool on Saturday, was one of a number of France players to pay tribute to the Wembley crowd.
, the former Arsenal full-back who signed for City over the summer, said of the prospect of filling in for the skipper in the middle: "I have played a few times at centre-back for Arsenal.
According to the Mirror, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger expects all problems to be resolved within the next fortnight after a long-running stalemate over Sagna
has yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates and talks have been on-going without resolution for five months.
French publication (http://www.le10sport.com/football/mercato/mercato-arsenal-sagna-tout-proche-dun-accord-avec-naples-126377) le10sport report that Sagna
is the defender Benitez would like to sign and he is hoping that he can convince Arsenal to part with the 30-year-old in January for a relatively small fee.
But full-back Sagna
said: "You will see spirit in this team now, we have to fight for each other.
Anything Arshavin could do, Nicklas Bendtner was keen to show he could do better, but the Dane's miss from Sagna
's pinpoint cross was if anything even more ghastly than Arshavin's minutes earlier.
"Sometimes I think we play too much," said Sagna
. "We just want to do that and do not think about what is good for us -sometimes we just need to stop playing for a bit and just consider what will help us achieve what we want."
"We still have Sagna
as a doubt for the weekend," said Wenger.
In England it is very important for the teams," said Sagna