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Sagna accuses Johnson of deliberately breaking his leg

Bacary Sagna has stoked controversy by accusing Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson of deliberately breaking his leg.

The Arsenal defender was carried off on a stretcher in the 31st minute, having fractured his right leg for the second time this season. He left the stadium on crutches, having been ruled out of France's Euro 2012 campaign, which includes a game against England.

If Sagna's disconsolate mood was understandable, his claim that Johnson's foul was premeditated and designed to cause him serious injury is certain to be hotly contested.

Speaking to the French sports newspaper 'L'Equipe', Sagna said: "I think Johnson did it on purpose. He stepped on my leg. I got back on my feet, and when I tried to control the ball, I felt a crack, just like the first time at Tottenham. He stepped right where the plate was. I think the plate pressured the bone. It's a neat break, just above the plate."

A Norwich spokesman did not respond to Sagna's claims when contacted last night.

The Frenchman's incendiary claims overshadowed an enthralling game which once again posed serious questions about Arsenal and, by extension, the future of their talisman, Robin van Persie.

The Dutch striker scored two more goals, but Steve Morison's late equaliser meant Arsenal dropped two points in the race for a third-place finish but were reprieved by yesterday's results .

Yossi Benayoun put the home side ahead in the second minute but Norwich fought back with goals from Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt to take a well-deserved lead.

Arsenal were stronger after the break, with Van Persie scoring in the 72nd and 80th minutes, but Morison silenced the home supporters in the closing stages. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent