Ex-Arsenal star Bacary Sagna has joked he will "change the channel" when Tottenham are on in the Champions League this season.
Sagna, 39, featured over 250 times for the Gunners during a seven-year stint at the Emirates Stadium and was part of the 2014 FA Cup-winning side that ended nine years without silverware by besting Hull City 3-2 under the Wembley Arch after extra-time.
Speaking to Betway ahead of the opening round of Champions League fixtures, the former France international admitted it was difficult to accept Tottenham competing against the crème de la crème whilst Arsenal are battling it out in Europe's second-tier tournament.
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"I don’t want to hear about Tottenham," quipped Sagna to Betway when asked how upsetting it is to see Spurs going strong under Antonio Conte. "No, only joking. I respect the club and they deserve a lot of credit for what they did to finish in the top four last season."
"I remember Tottenham from before when I played for Arsenal, and it’s now a different club. Different vibe, different environment, different level of professionalism.
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"And even if I’m Arsenal inside, I respect Tottenham. I respect the fact that they are now an amazing club with fantastic facilities and players.
"I’m a football lover. I know Tottenham are a quality team and I want to watch quality games – but I might change the channel after a few minutes!"
Mikel Arteta's side agonisingly missed out on returning to Europe's premier competition thanks to a late-season capitulation, losing 3-0 to their arch-rivals in a rearranged north London derby before putting in one of their worst displays of the campaign in a 2-0 defeat at St. James' Park.
Holding a four-point lead over Tottenham with three matches to go, the back-to-back losses extended Arsenal's Champions League exodus to at least seven years.
The Gunners will play the 2022/23 campaign in the Europa League with their first game scheduled for Thursday (September 8) away at FC Zurich. Arsenal have been also drawn against PSV and Norwegian outfit FK Bodø/Glimt in Group A.
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