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DTotD: Bacary Sagna jumps over opponent and lands on his neck

Brooks Peck
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As if a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates wasn't a bad enough way to start the season for Arsenal, injuries to Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey and Bacary Sagna to their already injury-plagued squad didn't help. Gibbs had to be taken off in just the 29th minute with a bloody forehead and just before full time, Sagna jumped over Aston Villa goal scorer Christian Benteke while going for a header, but ended up landing on the back of his neck.

It was a frightening moment and Sagna had to be subbed off, but he was able to get up from it. Meanwhile, fellow defender Laurent Koscielny was sent off in the 67th minute, further decimating an Arsenal backline already Nacho Monreal and Thomas Vermaelen.

But just as everything started to go down the drain for Arsenal, keeper Wojciech Szczesny provided some comic relief by doing an impromptu headstand after failing to save Benteke's header when his initial penalty attempt was saved.

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This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.

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