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Sagna says the Arsenal players talked more about Chelsea than the other way round.

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

Sagna reflects on his time at Arsenal, saying they talked more about the Blues than the other way round.

Sagna sepnt seven seasons at the Emirates.
Sagna sepnt seven seasons at the Emirates.

Bacary Sagna believes Arsenal "under-evaluated" themselves and worried too much about their top-four rivals especially Chelsea during his time at the North London club.

The former France international reckons the reason why the Gunners didn't perform in games they expected to win was because they 'put too much pressure' on themselves.

The former right-back Sagna won only the FA Cup during his seven-year spell at the Emirates, before signing for Manchester City in 2014.

The ex-Man City defender Sagna told the Gunners' In Lockdown Podcast: "We just played game by game and we were winning a lot but obviously and eventually when we had to perform in certain games, we were failing.

"Maybe it was because we put too much pressure on ourselves.

"Most of the games we had to play, we played well and we won. But for example when we had to play against the top four, we found it difficult to play against them at that time."

The 37-year-old added: "I believe we under-evaluated ourselves. Playing for Chelsea image-wise was something different.

"They used their image a lot, they used to have some big players in the national team and we used to talk about them more than they talked about us.

"Maybe in our heads, they were bigger players than us. On the pitch, we had as much quality as they had whenever we played, and when we played the Arsenal way nobody could beat us.

"I believed nobody could beat us. We used to play simple passes, one, two-touches maximum. But I believe we under-evaluated ourselves which is a big mistake in life."

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