Wenger hopeful over Mertesacker & Sagna contract renewals

The Gunners have been in negotiations over new deals for the defensive duo, while the Frenchman insists that the club are not close to signing a new player in the January window
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping that he will be able announce new deals for Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna in the near future.

Germany international Mertesacker has been a mainstay at centre-back for the Gunners this season and, as exclusively revealed by Goal, the Gunners began talks over a new deal for the 29-year-old back in October, with his current contract set to expire in 2015.

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Sagna, meanwhile, will be out of contract this summer and Goal exclusively reported on January 8 that Arsenal were ready to hold fresh talks with the France full-back, who has offers on the table from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Inter.

When asked how negotiations were progressing with the duo, Wenger told reporters: "We hope to announce something soon."

As for potential January arrivals, with Goal exclusively revealing that the club have lined up Schalke star Julian Draxler as a primary target as well as Anderlecht centre-half Cheikhou Kouyate, Wenger remained coy insisting that no deals were close to completion and that, if he had his way, he would do away with the winter window.

"At the moment we are not close to signing anybody," he added. "I would sign for the January transfer window to be scrapped completely. The January transfer market will not be busy, it is a low key market this year."