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French defender expected to sign at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger could be ready to offer veteran defender William Gallas a new deal at Arsenal.

Wenger usually does not offer extended terms to older players, but could be ready to amend that policy for Gallas, 32, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.

"Yes unfortunately that is the rule here, but for a centre-back you can be a bit more comprehensive with the situation," Wenger said. "For a striker after 32 you can only give a year. For a defender, we'll see. I had a pre-meeting with his agents one month ago. We agreed to meet now at the beginning of the year."

Wenger has been impressed with the performances of Gallas, who was stripped of the captaincy last season after outspoken comments about the desire of the young team.

"For me William has been amazing the whole season," the Arsenal manager said. "He does what you dream of as a manager - he does not talk and plays well.

"He is an ambitious guy and, when he is 50:50, he plays. For example at West Ham on Sunday, even when he is half-injured with a muscular problem and the physios tell me he might not play, he comes in and tells me he can play."

Wenger added: "I have a big respect for what he has done.

"He wanted to do well as a captain (as well) but what you respect in these situations is how well he responded when he was not captain anymore.

"At some stage he have might have considered (leaving). But it is always the same in life, if you have the right attitude then people will rate you. It is a credit to him.

"He had the right attitude and maybe now he has maybe found an appetite for the club again."

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