Arsenal want Schalke ace

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to turn his attention to Schalke’s Atsuto Uchida as Bacary Sagna edges towards an Emirates Stadium exit, according to reports from The Mirror.

The French veteran is set to sign a Bosman deal with Manchester City, after failing to agree terms for a new contract with Gunners, in a few weeks’ time.

With a replacement needed, Wenger has issued scouts with instructions to get him a new right-back, and Uchida is seen as a top target.

The 26-year-old will feature for Japan at the World Cup this summer, and it is thought that Arsenal will be paying close attention to his performances in Brazil.

Wenger is thought to see Uchida as a better option that Toulouse’s Serge Aurier, with the Bundesliga known for its production of disciplined and Premier League-ready players.

The Ivorian is a seen as a top prospect, but the Londoners’ chief is thought to have some reservations surrounding his playing style and all-round ability.

Arsenal are also considering sending Carl Jenkinson out on loan to gain experience despite there being a lack of cover at right-back at the club.