While Arsenal have always had a way with French players, some of those became true greats of the game during their time at Highbury.
Highbury was where Arsenal had the most fun. Under Arsene Wenger, the Gunners brought in French players on a regular basis. Some shone while others didn’t. Those who did shine however, became part of the club’s history.
Now 36 and winding down his career at Montreal Impact in the MLS, Bacary Sagna should definitely be considered as one of the greatest Frenchman to play for Arsenal. The marauding full-back arrived at Highbury following a successful spell with Auxerre in the French Ligue 1. Named once in the PFA Team of the Year, Sagna was unlucky to never have won the league with the Gunners.
However, he was one of the most gifted full-backs in the game. Blessed with searing pace and an excellent ability to whip out dangerous crosses in the box, Sagna was a constant threat for Arsene Wenger’s side. While he did leave for Manchester City, Sagna always seemed to enjoy the respect of the fans of his former club unlike fellow countryman, Samir Nasri.