Arsenal are being linked with a move for Atsuto Uchida as a replacement for Manchester City-bound defender Bacary Sagna, according to reports.

The Sunday Express claims that Arsene Wenger has set his sights on the Japanese international and will be looking to move fast in the transfer window.

Sagna is out of contract at the Emirates Stadium this summer, and is on the verge of joining the Citizens on a free transfer.

His arrival will be a major coup for Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is looking to strengthen his side even further after guiding the club to the Premier League title.

Arsenal, meanwhile, fell off the pace in the race for the domestic championship, but Wenger still managed to bring silverware to the Emirates Stadium in the shape of the FA Cup.

Losing Sagna will be a blow for the Gunners, but the arrival of Uchida would cushion that after another impressive campaign with Schalke last season.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has also been linked with a move to Arsenal, according to the report, and it's clear that Wenger will need to add an extra body in the position when he loses his first choice right-back.

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