Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has been offered an unprecedented three-year contract to stay at the Emirates in the last 24 hours, according to The Mirror.
Sagna has stubbornly refused previous offers from Gunners chiefs, believing that his loyalty to the club during seven barren years in terms of silverware deserves longer than a one-year extension, which has been standard practice at the Emirates for senior players in recent times.
The 31-year-old has received interest from Inter Milan and Galatasaray but Arsenal have made a final attempt to keep the French international this week, breaking with tradition to offer Sagna a deal that if signed could see the full-back finish his career in North London.
Wenger is thought to be the driving force behind this change in tact, viewing Sagna as essential to his plans as he looks to turn Arsenal into a force capable of winning trophies again on all fronts next season.
The Mirror understand that Wenger remains extremely positive about his chances of persuading Sagna to reject a lucrative move abroad, although there are no further details over the way his fresh three-year offer has been structured in terms of salary.
Sagna is free to talks terms with other clubs, with Premier League rivals Manchester City believed to be monitoring the situation closely, but Arsenal's surprise new offer is certainly a statement of intent in their fight to keep the club's most experienced player heading towards the business end of the campaign.
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