The French full-back’s current contract expires at the end of the season, which has led to rumours that he could be set to leave London to return to his homeland on a free transfer.
But, Arsene Wenger is keen to keep his defender, and is ready to offer him a new two-year deal to make sure he stays at the Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year-old has been a key member of the Gunners’ first-team over the course of the past few years, and is widely thought of as one of the best right-sided defenders in the Premier League
Wenger himself confirmed that a deal could be completed soon:
“Yes, that could be decided in next two weeks. It looks positive. It would be a great boost, of course.”
The new contract is likely to be worth around £70,000-per-week, signalling the club’s change in payment structure due to the ex-Auxerre man being over 30.
With Carl Jenkinson not quite ready to be a regular starter, Wenger is hopeful that keeping Sagna will make it easier to phase the youngster in over the coming seasons.