When Arsene Wenger delved into the French Ligue 1 to snatch a relatively unknown right-back from AJ Auxerre in 2007, many fans were puzzled, but they waited patiently to see what Lauren Etame-Biyer’s long-term replacement had to offer.
Shortly after Lauren’s transition out of the team, Emmanuel Eboue manned the right-back position and put up some impressive performances in that position.
Besides having a penchant for diving as well as his other gimmicks on the pitch, Eboue has a decent cross on him, and he supplied some assists, with the standout cross being the pass he supplied to Robin van Persie against Charlton Athletic in the Valley.
Sagna’s introduction to the team saw Wenger push Eboue further up the pitch, but it was widely regarded as a failed experiment. In his first season with the club, Sagna's performances were so consistent that he earned a rightful place in the 2008 PFA Team of the Year.
Sagna didn’t rest on his laurels, and he continued to produce consistent displays week-in and week-out, while keeping his optimal fitness levels in check. His continued stellar performances brought an abrupt end to Eboue’s Arsenal career, as the Ivorian opted to join Galatasaray in his bid to play first-team football.
Today marks the 30th birthday of Bacary Sagna, and to celebrate his birthday in my own special way, here are 30 reasons to love the French full-back.