Most Arsenal supporters have likely made their peace with Bacary Sagna leaving the club this summer. It hasn't exactly been a secret that he would be departing, after all, and he gave Arsenal some truly excellent seasons to be remembered by.
But he also left the Gooners something else to remember him by—a farewell of true class.
The French right-back took to Instagram to post the following picture:
It also included the following words from Sagna:
To be fair, i don't even know where to start or even how to say it... but i just wanna thank the whole Arsenal fc... a family to me , a club who taught me so much in 7years, a club where i had the chance to progress day by day, a club who always gave me his trust whenever i was personally not at my best , a club who change the kid i was to the man i am today, a club where i had the pleasure to give 200 pr cent every game. I wanna thank the whole staff working at the club, the fans for accepting me so fast, making it smoove for myself and my family, my team mates witch i consider my true friends today and i had a great pleasure learning with them. Of course i wanna thank the coach MR WENGER... who believed in me..gave me his trust..and clearly changed my life. Now, it's time for me to move on and one more time THANK YOU.
Now that's how you say goodbye.
As for where Sagna will end up, it seems joining Manchester City is now inevitable, as Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reported:
Manchester City will complete a £14.5million deal for FC Porto’s defensive midfielder Fernando this week.
City are also expected to confirm the signing of France right-back Bacary Sagna once his contract at Arsenal officially expires.
Duncan Castles is reporting that Sagna has signed a three-year deal with City:
If Sagna indeed ends up at City, he'll likely go from being the starter at Arsenal to deputizing Pablo Zabaleta. He's certainly one heck of an option as the No. 2 choice at right-back, and even can provide City with an emergency option at centre-back as he did for Arsenal on occasion.
Consider the following, from WhoScored.com:
Bacary Sagna: Won more aerial duels (382) than any other full-back in the PL in the last 5 seasons #AFC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) May 29, 2014
Sagna is also an experienced and classy player, so he'll be a strong presence in the locker room for City as well. Getting him on a free transfer will be a great move for the defending champions.
Sagna joined Arsenal in 2007 and started at least 20 games for the club in each of his seven seasons. He quickly established himself as a top right-back both in the Premier League and in the world, also making regular appearances for the French national team.
He'll be missed at Arsenal, no doubt, both for his performances on the pitch and the class he showed off of it, epitomized by the message he left in farewell to the supporters and club.