Sagna: Leg break was deliberate

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna accused Norwich's Bradley Johnson for deliberately seeking to injure him after he suffered a broken leg in the game on Saturday.

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The Frenchman broke his fibula and is now set to miss out on EURO 2012. He was understandably upset at the injury and was unhappy with the manner in which the challenge was carried out.

The 29-year-old spoke to French newspaper L'Equipe and he had strong words of annoyance for the American midfielder.

Sagna fell to the ground despite there being no challenge on him but he maintains that it was an earlier incident that had caused the problem during Arsenal's 3-3 draw against Norwich on Saturday.

"I think he did it on purpose," Sagna told French newspaper L'Equipe.

"He stepped on my leg. Play continues, I get back on my feet. And when I tried to control the ball, I felt a crack, just like the first time at Tottenham.

"He stepped right where the plate was. I think the plate pressured [the bone]. It's a neat break, just above the plate."

Sagna broke the same leg earlier in the season at Tottenham and he is optimistic that he will be able to return to the first team fold just like how he did earlier this year.

"It's football," he said. "It has happened to others before me. I came back once, I will come back a second time, even stronger."

Norwich manager Paul Lambert disagreed with the assessment, however, and he told Sky Sports: "There's nothing in that [challenge]."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, however, did not state outright that his player suffered grievous harm due to a blatant attempt to injure him. However, he did opine that the challenge probably contributed in the breaking of the leg.

"The guy closed him down and walked on him. I don't know if it was deliberate or not,'' said Wenger.



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