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Arsenal Eye Summer Swoop For Japan Right Back To Replace Bacary Sagna

Frenchman is set to join Manchester City on a free transfer on July 1. 

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger is set to switch his right-back focus towards Schalke 04’s Atsuto Uchida, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.

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The north London club will lose first-choice right-back Bacary Sagna when the experienced France international’s contract at the Emirates runs out at the end of June.

However, initially it was thought that the Gunners would move for highly rated Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, but now it is understood that the Gunners’ boss has reservations about the Ivory Coast international’s defensive capabilities.

As a result, it is now thought that the Frenchman will instead shift his focus to Schalke’s Japan international, with the Premier League club having scouted the right back on several occasions in the recent campaign.

Uchida, 26, managed to register four assists in his 17 Bundesliga outings last time out, while overall the full back managed to record one goal and five assists in his 27 matches in all competitions.

And with a contract with Schalke that now has just over a year left to run on it, Arsenal are hoping to land Uchida in a cut-price deal this summer.

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