Bacary Sagna: How becoming a father helped me focus on football
Written by Renzo on January 29, 2011 4:30
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is having one of his best seasons at Arsenal but speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the right back admitted the last two seasons were very disappointing.
Named in the PFA Team of the Year at the end of his first season at the Club, the Frenchman struggled the following year and last season as he explained how he was not totally involved in the game of football following “many things” which happened in his life, including the death of his brother, Omar, one week before Arsenal were set to play the second leg of their fourth round encounter against AC Milan in the Champions League.
Now back firing on all cylinders, the defender confessed how becoming a father helped his recovery as he wants his son to realise that he is a professional football player, he plays for one of the most important Clubs in the World and gives everything in every single game.
Asked about whether the title race will be down to three teams, Sagna concluded by saying how it’s down to Arsenal as they will play against important teams such as Manchester United and Liverpool at the Emirates, in front of the Arsenal support.
On his progress, Sagna said:
[In the last two seasons] I was not playing well and some people were disappointed. I was disappointed as well, so I want to be back to my best. I was not totally involved in football I think. Some might say I was quite bad because many things happened and it was quite difficult to accept.
As I said I just want to look forward, to push, I’m a dad now and have to be as an example as well. Life is not easy, you have to accept good and bad points as well.
Yes, [becoming a father helped me change my mindset and focus on football again] because when I see my son kicking the ball I just want to play with him, I want him to realise that his father is a football player, plays for Arsenal, one of the most amazing teams in the World and that he’s giving everything game after game.
[The title race] is down to us. We have approximately fifteen games to play and want to win everything. We play Manchester [United] at home and Liverpool at home so we have our destiny in front of us and we just want to stay focused and not think about what will happen if we lose a game, we just want to play and that’s it.