I thought wearing No 10 jersey would kill his career – Sagna speaks on Arsenal star

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender, Bacary Sagna has admitted he was worried that giving the Gunners’ No.10 shirt to midfielder Emile Smith Rowe, would affect his career negatively as a youngster.

The Arsenal midfielder has been in sensational form so far this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists.

And his performances did not go unnoticed to the handlers of England senior national team as he received his first call-up to the Three Lions by Gareth Southgate.

When signing a new long-term contract at Arsenal in the summer, the 20-year-old boldly asked to wear the No.10 jersey for the Gunners.

The Arsenal number 10 shirt had previously been worn by club legends such as Dennis Bergkamp, Robin Van Persie, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil.

Sagna admitted he was worried and thought the decision to wear such a prestigious jersey would make a negative impact.

“He’s been amazing. He’s been impressing me a lot. Initially I wasn’t sure about Arsenal giving him the number 10. I thought it was a bit early, but he’s mature for his age and shown he deserves it,” he exclusively told Metro.

“Sometimes when you have players wearing the No.10, they think they’ve made it already and I was worried about him having too much pressure, and how he would deal with it.

“Playing for Arsenal isn’t easy and with his responsibilities now for the national team, it could be a lot. But he’s been brilliant for the club, in all aspects of the game, he doesn’t hide on the pitch.”