Arsenal are Fab without Cesc! We're no one-man team, blasts Sagna after romp

10 March 2010 01:51
Bacary Sagna believes the 5-0 hammering of Porto will have silenced the critics who labelled Arsenal a one-man team.

The Gunners cruised past their Portuguese opponents and into the last eight of the Champions League with a 6-2 aggregate win without captain Cesc Fabregas.

The Spain midfielder missed the tie with a hamstring injury, leaving Nicklas Bendtner to score a hat-trick and Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Eboue to weigh in with goals.

Top Gunners: Sagna (left) celebrates with his team-mates after Nasri's goal

'We are a team first,' said Sagna. 'It's not about one player, even though Cesc is very talented. We showed that everyone can play.

'Of course, Cesc is welcomein the team, he's the captain, which means a lot, and he's a very goodplayer. But we're approximately 25 players at Arsenal, so we play as ateam.

'It was quite difficult tonight, we had to win if we wanted to gothrough. But we were able to score quitequickly and the game became a bit easier for us. We kept pressurisingand that was important. You have to congratulate the team forwhat we did.'

Great Dane: Bendtner completes his hat-trick from the penalty spot

Eboue cameon as a second-half substitute to score the fourth goal and then win the penalty for Bendtner to complete his treble.

He said: 'We knew it would be difficult because Porto are a great side, theyplay good football, they're technically strong and they're quick. But we wanted to score goals and we managed get five. I'mpleased to have scored, and also to hear the support from the fans.'

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