Arsenal defender Sagna blames Norwich's Johnson for his broken leg

The Gunners' French right-back has blasted the midfielder after a tackle left him with a damaged fibula in his right leg, and believes he did it intentionally

Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has blamed Norwich’s Bradley Johnson for the recurrence of his broken leg.

In the first half of the Gunners 3-3 draw with the Canaries on Saturday, Sagna clashed with Johnson and tried to play on before being stretchered off. After the game, his manager Arsene Wenger revealed the right-back had suffered a broken fibula in his right leg, which was the same injury that kept him out for four month earlier in the season.

Now Sagna has blasted the Norwich midfielder and believes the former Arsenal trainee meant to break his leg.

He told L’Equipe: “At the beginning, he [Bradley Johnson] goes on my raised leg, the action continues.

“When I wanted to control the ball, I felt a cracking, like the first time at Tottenham. I think that he did that on purpose. He put his foot on the level of the plate of the preceding fracture. I think that this made pressure.”

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The French full-back has been hit by a double blow, firstly the news that it is a broken leg, secondly he will miss France’s Euro 2012 campaign in the summer.

The 29-year-old added: “Inevitably, I am disappointed. It makes me sad, especially in front of my parents. All the family had come to this match.

"At the first moment, I didn’t even think of it [that he will miss the Euros]. I didn’t even think that it was so serious. I believed that it was the muscle which was stretched or a tendon which had yielded.

"But it’s like that. It’s football. I am not the first at which that comes. It’s a relapse. We will start [from zero] again. I returned the first time, I will return a second, even stronger."