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Arsenal Pair Heading for £19m Emirates Exit: Eboue & Sagna Serie A Bound?

by Alan Smith's Forehead

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Italian giants eyeing up pair of Gunners.

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Bacary Sagna Arsenal 2008/09

Juventus are weighing up moves for Arsenal duo Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Eboue, according to reports.
The Old Lady currently sit second in Serie A – seven points behind leaders Inter Milan – and are well placed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
However, Ciro Ferrara’s side are reportedly seeking a new right-back due to an injury to Jonathan Zebina and inconsistent form of Zdenek Grygera.
And, according to Goal.com Italia, the Bianconeri’s transfer director Alessio Secco has placed Emirates Stadium duo Sagna and Eboue at the top of the shortlist of candidates to fill the position that is also thought to include Napoli’s Juan Camilo Zuniga and Rafina of Schalke.
French international Sagna has become a mainstay for the Gunners since arriving from Auxerre in 2007, making 73 Premier League appearances.
While Eboue – who was famously booed by his own supporters against Wigan in December 2008 – has predominately been deployed in a more attacking role in 2009/10. (Four Four Two)

This is interesting and potentially has a grain of reality about it. I can see Emmanuel Eboue being allowed to leave to join the Serie A giants Juventus, after all he is still very much a bit part player who is called upon primarily to act as cover, but the idea that Arsene Wenger would allow Bacary Sagna to join the Old Lady of Italian football is slightly less easy to swallow.

The former Auxerre man has been a remarkably consistent performer for the club since arriving just over two years ago and the accomplished right back is one of the best in his position in Europe and as such Arsenal will not so easily bow to any offers for the Frenchman.

If they were to allow him to leave they would at least be buoyed by the recent good performances from youngster Kerrea Gilbert, most notably in the Carling Cup encounter with Liverpool, but he is still very much the unpolished item and as such not a good enough reason to even consider allowing Sagna to leave.


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