Arsenal eye up Sagna replacement

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is preparing a move for AC Milan defender Ignazio Abate, should Bacary Sagna leave the club this summer, according to the Daily Star.

The rumour mill is buzzing with various high-profile players supposedly poised for a move to north London.

The department the Gunners definitely need to strengthen is their defence, especially at right-back. 

Bacary Sagna has been a consistent performer since joining the club in 2007, but last season he did not look himself and could be heading for the exit door this summer. 

According to The Daily Express, he is attracting interest from French clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. 

The Gunners are understood to be ready to let the player leave if the right offer comes along. Wenger has identified the perfect replacement to fill the void at right-back, in AC Milan’s Italian international Ignazio Abate.

Abate have been a consistent performer for Milan which has ultimately resulted in him being called up by Cesare Prandelli for the Italian national squad in 2011.

The 26-year-old has only one year left on his current Milan contract and if reports are to be believed, he is eyeing a possible move to the Premier League. 

A move should definitely suit both player and club as Abate’s style of play fits perfectly in Arsenal style of gameplay. His lung-busting runs forward and his solid defensive attributes make him the perfect candidate to replace Sagna.


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