Arsene Wenger's FA Cup Grace at Arsenal Ended by Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 13, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Bacary Sagna of Arsenal celebrates victory after the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Less than one month after ending a nine-year wait for silverware, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is again on the wrong end of criticism from his own supporters as Bacary Sagna officially joined Manchester City.

The Etihad Stadium club has confirmed that the France international has signed a three-year contract after his deal with the Gunners expired.

But the news of Sagna's departure to their Premier League rivals comes hot on the heels of Wenger's decision not to activate a buy-back clause for Cesc Fabregas, as Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reported.

Instead, the Emirates Stadium club will pocket £5.6 million as part of the deal that took the Spain international to Chelsea from Barcelona, notes the Mail article.

Wenger signed a new three-year deal with Arsenal at the end of last month, with fans happy to see the Frenchman stay after the Wembley triumph over Hull City.

But news of missing out on Fabregas and the exit of Sagna on a free transfer are sure to raise question marks once more.

Wenger appeared to have the team back on track this season, when the record signing of Mesut Ozil sparked a rejuvenation at the start of last season.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Wojciech Szczesny and Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal lift the FA cup during the Arsenal FA Cup Victory Parade on May 18, 2014 in London, England, (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Ultimately, however, the Arsenal challenges for the Premier and Champions League fell by the wayside, notably after the lengthy injury to in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Boxing Day.

Now Arsenal fans will be watching with some trepidation as their Premier League rivals have their squads bolstered by Sagna and Fabregas.

Few could deny the new City right-back, 31, has shown loyalty to Arsenal in recent seasons, staying with the north London club throughout their trophy drought after his move from Auxerre in 2007.

Fans called for him to say at the end of the season and during the FA Cup celebrations, and the player reciprocated with an open letter via his Instagram account, as Gary Jones of the Daily Star reported.

However, the defender was also keen to stress his gratitude to Wenger in his departure note, and there can be little doubt that the Gunners boss needs a big signing to offset the loss of Sagna and the decision not to take up an option on Fabregas.

A famous banner at the Emirates declares: "In Arsene We Trust." Now Wenger must prove that legend correct with some wise moves before the new season.

This summer's transfer window just got a bit more intense for Wenger and Arsenal.