Wenger confident of new deals

Arsenal are making "good progress" in their attempts to agree new deals with Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna, according to Arsene Wenger.

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Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker: Cornerstones of improved Arsenal defence

Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker: Cornerstones of improved Arsenal defence

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Mertesacker has just 17 months to run on his current deal while Sagna is already free to sign a pre-contract agreement elsewhere.

Both have been cornerstones of an Arsenal defence which has as good a record as any in this season's Premier League.

And, speaking at his press conference ahead of Saturday's game against Fulham, Wenger appeared confident of keeping both.

He said: "We are making good progress, and hopefully we can announce something soon."

The Arsenal manager was a little more coy when asked about the possibility of a deal for Schalke's Germany international Julian Draxler.

Some reports this week even suggested Draxler had been spotted at the club's training ground, but Wenger said: "It's like UFOs - some see them everywhere!

"The transfer window is open until January 31. Are we close to signing anybody? At the moment I would say no."

Wenger denied making a bid for Dimitar Berbatov, who is likely to lead the Fulham attack at the Emirates, and offered no public update on his own contract situation.

There was a hint, though, that he has already decided whether or not to extend his spell in charge beyond the summer.

He said: "You can make a decision without going public. You can take that sentence how you want."

Reckon we'd replace them quite easily these days if they decide to leave
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