Career information

Childhood

Sagna was born on 14th February 1983, the son of Senegalese parents living in Sens, France. He spent a lot of his childhood playing football with his cousin (also a professional footballer) Ibrahim Sonko. He was signed up by Auxerre’s youth team, and was recognised as having potential.

Early career

Sagna joined the reserve team at Auxerre at the tender age of 19, and won many plaudits for his no-nonsense style of defending as well as enthusiasm to get forward. In 2004, aged 21, Bacary was drafted into the first-team squad, and immediately started making an impact – playing 26 times in his first season, including some fixtures in the UEFA Cup, as he made the right-back spot his own. He made himself an irreplaceable member of the team, and soon had the bigger clubs making offers for him.

Curent club: Arsenal

After three years in the Auxerre first team, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spotted the potential in Bacary and was willing to pay an initial fee of £6m to take Sagna across to north London. Sagna made his first team debut for Arsenal just 7 days after signing, on 19th July 2007.

He scored his first goal in professional football for the Gunners against Chelsea in March 2008, instantly making himself a favourite with the fans, and was voted by his fellow professionals into the PFA Team of the Year.

Sagna’s work rate and technical ability make him the first-choice Arsenal right-back, displacing Eboue, and he has a bright future at the club, having signed a new 5 year deal in June 2008.

Sagna could have played for Senegal, but opted to play instead for France, the country of his birth. He was a member of the French U21 squad, and was called up to the first team in March 2007. An injury kept him from having any role in Euro 2008.