Arsenal are set to tie Bacary Sagna down to a new deal to keep him at the club, according to reports from The Mirror.

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.

 

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