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Friday 04 May 2012

Sagna wants victory for supporters

Arsenal defender says fans deserve to see a win in final home match of the season

Bacary Sagna has been a regular in Arsenal's defence during the season

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna says he wants victory in the Gunners' final home match in the Barclays Premier League this season to pay back the fans for their support.

Norwich City are the visitors to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, with Arsenal eyeing a victory which will make them firm favourites to claim third place in the League.

"Victory will be a way to thank everyone and bring them some happiness"
- Bacary Sagna

Sagna said the backing of the supporters had helped Arsenal bounce back from a poor start earlier in the season.

"They kept the belief and we have come back to third because they kept pushing us," he told Arsenal's website.

He added: "[Victory] will be a way to thank everyone and bring them some happiness. But of course, overall we have to fight for third place and win both of our remaining games."

Impressive Canaries

Sagna said Norwich had been impressive on their return to the Barclays Premier League and insisted victory was far from certain for Arsene Wenger's men.

"They have done well. They recently beat Tottenham, and I think it will be a very hard game for us - they will come and try to impress," he said.

"They are staying up, which is good for them, and it means they will be an even better team in the future because they will have more resources to bring in new players."

Sagna also praised the contribution of former Gunners star Sol Campbell to the club and to the game after the defender announced his retirement from professional football this week.

"I just want to congratulate him on his long career"
- Sagna on Sol Campbell

The 29-year-old played alongside the former England man during his short return to the Gunners in January 2010.

"He was amazing. When he came back here he was quite old, but he gave the right example and was totally involved in the team," added Sagna.

"I think for a few games he was one of the best players. At his age, that means a lot because when you are quite old, sometimes you just give up. But he gave everything for the team.

"He tried to use his experience to help the younger players and I was very glad to have played with him. I just want to congratulate him on his long career."

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Key Points

  • Sagna wants victory in Arsenal's final home match of the season
  • Defender says players want to dedicate win to fans
  • Sagna also hails the career of retiring former Gunner Sol Campbell