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Bacary Sagna ready to play centre-back for Arsenal

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FRENCHMAN BACARY Sagna says he will play at centre-half, if called upon by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

The 30-year-old full-back was used alongside Per Mertesacker in the heart of the north London club’s defence during their 2-1 defeat to Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup at the weekend.

Aiming to extend his current contract with the Gunners, Sagna says he is willing to switch positions next term if Wenger needs defensive cover.

“Playing at centre back started last [season],” Sagna told Arsenal Player.

“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 [when you play in a different position]. It’s OK 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.”

After an underwhelming season last term, Sagna believes he is back in full fitness and ready for the Premier League to resume.

He added: “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.

“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 wining something this season.”

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