Ibrahima Sonko has revealed that he is the cousin of Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna - but he's never met him!

The pair were both born in the same part of Senegal, but the two families went their separate ways many years ago. Sonko was unaware of the family link to the Gunners' £6 million defender until a recent conversation with his mother and brother.

And he says it will be more than a little strange to meet up with Sagna before the big match against the Premier League leaders at Madejski Stadium on Monday evening.


Sonko said, "Sagna is apparently my cousin. My brother knows him but I've never met him. He grew up in France as well and his parents are Senegalese.

"I'll be meeting him for the first time on Monday. I know that sounds strange and I was really surprised about it. I knew I had some cousins called Sagna, and I was told one was a player in England.

"I've got another younger cousin with the same surname who is trying to get a club in England as well. He went on trial to Barnet - so I thought my mother was talking about him.

"But I was talking with my brother and he said the Sagna at Arsenal is my cousin too. I said 'but I don't know him, I've never met him.' My brother replied, 'well, he is your cousin, trust me.' My parents said the same - so I said 'well OK, I'll say hello when I see him then.'

"Apparently Bacary knows about it as well, so it will be quite funny for us to meet up."

On the subject of cousin footballers, Sonko has been seeking advice from another cousin in Daniel Bocande, who used to play with Gunners' striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Bocande is a former team-mate of Adebayor from his days at Metz in France's Ligue 1, and also had a trial with the Royals last season. And he has been giving Sonko the lowdown on the strengths and weaknesses of Arsenal's joint leading scorer.

Although the big Royals defender insists he won't resort to any foul play to get the upper hand on his rival, he is more than happy to play hard in order to unsettle Adebayor.

He said, "I think Adebayor is the complete player. He is tall, but doesn't look to play with his head. He gets the ball at his feet and likes to run at defenders.

"My cousin Daniel Bocande is good friends with him from when they used to play together for Metz in France. Daniel told me to be careful because Adebayor is really quick. He doesn't seem it, but even with the ball at his feet he can go really fast, so I have been warned.

"Daniel said the only way to stop him from playing is to kick him early in the game, apparently he won't like that! He said that when Adebayor starts smiling in a game that's when he plays well. So I need to make sure he's not enjoying the game."

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