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Sagna earns Wenger praise

05 Dec 2007 - 08:33:41

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken of his surprise at the speed at which summer signing Bacary Sagna has adapted to life in England.

The 24-year-old France international joined the Gunners from Auxerre at the start of the current campaign and has quickly established himself as Wenger's first-choice pick at right-back.

Wenger said: "For me Sagna, although not a lot of people talk about him, has been tremendous since he has come here.

"He adapted very, very quickly, not only to the technical level, but also to the way we want to play the game as well as the physical aspect of the game.

"He seems to just pop up naturally like he has played forever in this league and that is great credit to him.

"It is very difficult to predict how players will settle in.

"At the start of the season I thought I will give him six or seven months, but he just looks to have improved very quickly and adapted very quickly.

"It is a complete surprise to me, because I didn't expect him to make so many appearances so early on."


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