Former Arsenal defender has praised the Gunners’ transfer target for his improvement in recent seasons.
After spending two seasons on loan atBorussia Dortmund
left Real Madrid to joinInter
in September 2020. The Morocco international has appeared in 26 matches for the Nerazzurri in their current league campaign and he has managed to score 6 goals and provide 5 assists. Hakimi has been linked with a summer move toArsenal
believes he can be a good choice for the Gunners’ squad.
“I am sure they are assessing the situation quite well and they already have someone in mind [if Bellerin leaves].
“Hakimi is never tired, he’s always going forward. He’s so fast.
“I was surprised when I saw him playing for Madrid because for me he was not that good. You could see the potential, but I never expected him to do as well as he is doing now."
Asked aboutHector Bellerin
’s potential departure, Sagna responded:
“Hector has been there for years,”
said the Frenchman.
“He started playing not long after I left, so he has been in the team for like six years.
“And a bit like I felt, he probably feels that he wants to challenge himself because he has been there for a long time.
“It’s nothing to do with the club, nothing to do with winning cups or whatever. At some point if you want to progress, in my mind you need to go somewhere and challenge yourself and start from zero again. This is how I felt.
“Arsenal was my club and is still my beloved club, but after seven years I had the feeling that because I was part of the house, even when I didn’t deserve to play, I would have played.
“It’s quite tricky as a player. Hector’s still young, he still has five good years to play at the top level and he can do it. So, if he left now, I wouldn’t be surprised.”