Premier League title favourites Manchester City have offered a three-year deal to Arsenal full back Bacary Sagna, according to the Guardian.
The France international is set to be out of contract at the end of the season, and after nearly seven trophyless years in North London, is considering his options.
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger ahead of his 1000th game in charge of the club, the Daily Star understands.
The Gunners’ boss, whose first match was a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on October 12th, 1996 will reach the landmark at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, when his side take on league leaders Chelsea, and Flamini has hailed the achievement as ‘unbelievable’, before congratulating the man who re-signed him from AC Milan last summer.
Meanwhile, the Mirror understand that the club are considering a move for Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier as they continue to search for a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who is expected to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Ivory Coast international has made twenty-five Ligue 1 appearances so far this season, scoring five goals, and is valued at around £6m.
However, an alternative option could be Southampton prospect Callum Chambers, according to the Independent.
The 19 year old is the latest in a long line of graduates from the Saints famed academy to have broken into the first team, appearing in seventeen league games so far this season.
Gunners duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both cut their teeth in the South Coast side’s youth set up before securing big money moves to the Emirates.
A survey conducted by the Metro has shown that Arsene Wenger still has the backing of the majority of Arsenal fans, despite having not guided the club to any silverware for almost nine years.
Gunners’ legend Bob Wilson earlier this week claimed that the Frenchman was working miracles with what he continues to achieve with the North London club.
Arsenal are lining up a fresh contract offer for right back Bacary Sagna in a hope of finally persuading him to remain at the club, the Mail Online understands.
The right-back’s current deal is set to expire in the summer, when he will be free to discuss a potential Bosman move if no extension is agreed.
Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has said admitted that the Gunners are happy to be regarded as underdogs in this season’s Premier League title race, Sky Sports understands.
Despite the North London side having been top of the table for most of the season, they remain behind both Manchester City and Chelsea in the eyes of the bookmakers.
Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury concerns for this evening’s crucial Champions League clash with Napoli.
Bacary Sagna, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby, Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain side-lined for the match against Rafael Benitez’s side, who can book their place in the knockout stages with victory, should Borussia Dortmund drop points against Marseille.
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Arsenal welcome Hull City to the Emirates Stadium this evening looking to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League.
The Gunners go in to the game without right-back Bacary Sagna, so Carl Jenkinson is set to deputise while the game has come too soon for Lukas Podolski, though the Germany forward has returned to training following a hamstring injury.
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Record Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil has been passed fit for tomorrow afternoon’s visit of Norwich City.
The Germany international as substituted with a knee injury in the victory over Sweden midweek but is available for selection, along with Bacary Sagna and Santi Cazorla, who have recovered from their respective injuries.
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Bacary Sagna will miss Arsenal’s trip to The Hawthorns after he was ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring injury which he sustained in Tuesday evening’s win over Napoli in the Champions League.
He joins Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Santi Cazorla on the Gunners ever extensive injury-list, though the latter pair are expected back after the international break.
A Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal fired themselves to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Stoke City at the Emirates yesterday afternoon.
The Germany international had a hand in all three goals as the club secured a seventh straight win, and leapfrogged Liverpool, who lost at home to Southampton on Saturday.