Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is increasingly hopeful that Bacary Sagna will sign a new contract with the Gunners.
The France international has been a stalwart at the back at Emirates Stadium since he signed for the north London club in July 2007, but his deal expires in the summer, and is free to negotiate with clubs outside of England.
Arsenal have kept the meanest defence in the Premier League this season, conceding just 19 goals in 22 matches, and Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs have each played a major role in that record.
The 6-3 loss to Manchester City aside – with four of the six goals in that game coming once Thomas Vermaelen had replaced the injured Koscielny – that improves to an immense 13 goals allowed in 21 games.
The Gunners have also kept a hugely impressive ten clean sheets, more than any other side in the English top flight, and understandably want to keep their brilliant back line together at all costs.
Wenger: "We try to secure Sagna['s deal] because he is a very important player. He is fully committed and will be as long as he stays here."
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