Bacary Sagna says he will not be rushed back into action for Arsenal, as he works on getting fit after two fractured legs in a year.
Sagna played an hour in the U-21s match against Reading earlier this week and afterwards told the Arsenal Player:
“When you have such a big injury once, you take it, but twice is hard. In my mind I was a bit sad, but the next day I was ready for the challenge, which was to come back stronger and I am in a good way today.
“I spent some time in the rehab centre, then I came back and worked really hard with the fitness coach and the physios to be ready to play – and finally I have.
“I don’t have any target – my only aim is to be ready and bring what I can to my team, to give 100 per cent like always.”
Arsenal bounced back from the disappointment of the defeat to Chelsea to beat West Ham 3-1 which leaves them in touch with the chasing pack. Sagna, who has yet to agree a contract extension, feels the Gunners can mount a sustained challenge.
“We have been solid. I think we can win the league. We have to take it step by step, but we have the quality necessary to play until the end of the season and win.”