Sagna happy to play as centre-back

Sagna happy to play as centre-back

A Football Report
Sagna happy to play as centre-back

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna says he is happy to play as centre-back this season, in the club's injury problems continue.

The France international moved into the heart of the Gunners' defence during their tour of Asia, after Thomas Vermaelen was forced to withdraw through injury.

"I'm quite pleased (with my pre-season). I was injured last season so I didn't have any pre-season and I think you could see it in my performances," Sagna, 30, told the club's official website.

"I was not as sharp as I used to be so I'm very happy to start from the beginning and I'm looking forward to win something this season.

"Playing at centre back started last season. Laurent Koscielny was injured at Sunderland and the coach came to me asking if I wanted to play centre-back because we had no cover. I just went for it and tried to adapt as quickly as possible.

"On the pitch everything is different but it's okay for me. It's different but I love learning. I see myself as a right back but if I have to cover sometimes or play centre back, I will do it for the club, my team and myself as well."