The first thing to know about the Sagna Conundrum is that it does not involve Bacary Sagna.
The Sagna Conundrum is a problem created not by his presence, but by his absence, and it comes down to this: when our super-consistent French right back is not available, who should take his place?
It’s a pressing question, given that Sagna will not be ready for the start of the new season.
The principal contenders to take his place are Carl Jenkinson, Johan Djourou, Francis Coquelin and Laurent Koscielny.
Last season, due to Bacary’s injuries, they all got a number of games at right back.
The conventional wisdom is that Djourou was a disaster and Jenkinson, despite showing some promise, was out of his depth; but that both Coquelin and Koscielny proved to be adequate stand-ins.