Bacary Sagna has hit out at former teammate at Arsenal Cesc Fabregas following recent comments on players' quality during his last days at the club.
The Spaniard, in a recent interview with Arsenal Podcast, claimed only Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri were at his level during his last years, and it was one of the reasons he moved to Barcelona.
“I was the captain, I always felt so much pressure on myself. I had to lead this team to win something. I gave everything," Fabregas said.
“Sometimes, I used to go home after we lost and I used to cry, I used to suffer, I used to spend sleepless nights suffering.
“And then you lose a game, you’re in the bus like this, destroyed, and then you hear some players laughing, thinking about where they will be going out later.
“Especially in the last two or three years, I felt Robin and Samir were the only players who were at my level mentally and technically.
“It’s not an arrogant thing to say, it’s how I felt at that time," he added.
In an interview with Goal, Sagna said he was surprised by the comments from his former captain.
“I was surprised to read this," he said.
“From him I was surprised because he was supposed to be one of the leaders of the team, he was one of the great prospects and as a leader and a true player, you don’t speak like that about your club.
“So I was surprised because he is a nice guy, he’s still a nice guy, this doesn’t change anything. But I was kind of surprised.
“Arsenal made him so saying that some players were not at his level was a bit harsh because I’m not sure out of all the seasons he was playing at the club, he was always an exemplary player.
“At that time the press was talking about him not running enough or tracking back. So other players could have said ‘you should be running more or doing more," he added.
Sagna and Fabregas played together for four years, before heading to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively.