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Sagna: My Hair Was A Bet

ARSENAL`S Bacary Sagna has revealed the secret behind his distinctive blond braids that have become his Premier League trademark.

He tells Champions Magazine that his locks were the 'reward` for winning a bet with his demanding father, Bassirou.

"Ah, the hair," says the Frenchman when asked about his golden curtain. "I was 17 or 18 and playing in the fourth team against the seniors. They were 25 to 30 years of age, and we were teenagers, a young team like Arsenal.

"But we were playing better than them because we played as a team; we used to do everything together. The bet was I had to score two goals to change my hairstyle.

"That`s my father - not one, two! Afterwards, I called him and told him I`d done it. He didn`t believe me, but I did it and I remember thinking, 'Now, I can do what I want.`"

While Sagna no longer remembers why he selected his attention-grabbing style, he is amused by the idea that the bouncing braids might be enough to stop an opponent in his tracks. "It can happen, no? They have to be careful, stay away from me."

There is another warning when it comes to his team. Sagna agrees with Wenger that Arsenal are close to achieving something special, to making the beauty of their passing game into a weapon consistently lethal enough to win silverware.

"Of course we can do it," he says. "Last year I don`t know what we missed, but it was nothing. At the beginning of last season we were sleeping. I don`t know why maybe we were still on holiday. But when we started playing our own game, when we realised, we played better football."

Article courtesy of Champions Magazine, which is out now (Monday)

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 7 2009

Time: 12:31PM

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Normally when you end up with an abomination like that it generally means you lost the bet Bacs!
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07/09/2009 14:26:00

I dont understand how looking like a tarantula can be considered a victory
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07/09/2009 14:46:00

He looks like that Mario Boss.
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07/09/2009 17:33:00

Did you see bald Sagna against Sunderland?
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07/09/2009 17:36:00

Lol Tom that was a disaster. He cuts his braids for one game and he had possibly his worst game that season! Personally, I think they're great. Definately not something I'd have myself, but he looks like some kind of strange tribal warrior with those locks bouncing as he bombs forward. Very intimidating.
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07/09/2009 20:28:00

When he first signed for us, I downright hated his hair, but once I saw that he was quickly becoming the best right back in the league, I forgot all about that.
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07/09/2009 21:07:00

agree with niko, would've sworn he had lost the bet
Ozi Gooner
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08/09/2009 00:09:00

I absolutely love his locks! Also don't you think he's one of the most lovely chaps in football, for example if you read/watch his interviews. So grounded so humble it's quite extraordinary for someone so consistently good.
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08/09/2009 01:33:00

I'd eat his hair for $100
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08/09/2009 09:48:00

On reading the headline, I thought he lost the bet!
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08/09/2009 10:11:00

Horrible! Cmon Sagna try something else!
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08/09/2009 16:20:00

Better those blonde locks than Wagner Love's awful green locks. Took me awhile to get used to that haircut of his, now I love those blonde locks and don't ever want him to change them!
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08/09/2009 21:00:00

Those Blond locks are like the green lanterns ring, with out them he is **** whit them he is F^%KING UNSTOPPABLE!!!!!!!
Youngest in Charge
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08/09/2009 23:27:00

Maybe he derives his power from them? Who was the guy about 12 years ago with that crazy hair and people used to chant "he's got a pineeeeeeapple, on his head" ...i think he played for QPR maybe?
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09/09/2009 05:49:00

Jason Lee, and it was Forest at the time!
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10/09/2009 11:07:00


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