Arsenal have lined up Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek as Sagna’s replacement if the Frenchman decides to leave the club in the summer, according to reports in Metro.
The 28 year old was exceptional for Dortmund last season, as they battled through to the Champions League final, only to lose in the final to arch rivals Bayern Munich.
The Poland international has been a key member for Dortmund and has long been on Arsenal’s radar. The Gunners are currently in negotiations with Sagna over a contract extension, with his current deal set to expire in the summer, should they fail to come to an agreement, Wenger may move for Piszczek.
But despite talks initially progressing well, the full back has since spoken to other clubs and Arsenal are worried he may be tempted by bigger money offers elsewhere. Wenger is understood to be hopeful that a compromise will be reached, however he is keeping an eye on Piszczek in the event he is left disappointed.
Sagna has been with the north Londoners for seven years following a move from Auxerre and is a key member of the team’s defensive unit but has failed to agree a contract extension so far.
Piszczek is an attacking defender that prides himself on a very impressive work-rate up and down the right flank. He is defensively solid, he loves to burst up the flank and provide an overlapping option for his attacking midfielders. His technical ability is superb which enables him to deliver telling crosses or play incisive passes infield.
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It will be great to have him working down the right flank to complement the likes of Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs on the left and is also a strong player when asked to fulfil his defensive responsibilities. He has adequate experience to slot straight into the club’s starting line up and is believed to be seen as a financially viable option with his value estimated to be around the £7 million mark.
He will suit Arsene Wenger’s attacking, fluid style perfectly, but only time will tell if he’ll be able to adapt to the Premier League’s physicality. It will be great to extend Sagna’s contract but if it’s not possible then I feel it we should go for someone who already has good experience in England and is possibly a bit younger like Seamus Coleman of Everton.
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