Arsenal Plan Shock Swoop for Everton Star as Defender Replacement - Report

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | December 8, 2013 9:02 PM EST

Arsenal are planning a swoop for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman should Bacary Sagna refuse to sign a new contract with the Gunners, according to the Sunday People.

The report states that Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of the 25-year-old and will consider a move for the Republic of Ireland defender if Sagna decides to leave the club this summer. The defender's contract with the Gunners ends this season and Wenger is keeping a keen eye on his contract situation. However, the Frenchman is hoping that the defender does renew his Arsenal contract, so a replacement will not be needed.

Coleman is expected to be available for around £10m. Wenger is reportedly impressed by his work-rate and has made the defender his first choice replacement should they fail to agree terms with Sagna over a new contract. Everton have been in good form this season and  will face Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday where a win will put them level on points with Liverpool and Chelsea.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has hailed Arsenal's defensive record and believes that it is the main reason behind their improvement this season. The Gunners have conceded only 10 goals in the league and are the most defensively astute team in the Premier League this term.

"If you look at our defensive record this season then people might understand that we have improved. But I believe that there's still room for improvement, we've conceded 10 goals so far in the Premier League so I hope we can still improve. I think the whole team shape and the way we defend from up front [is better], not just the back four," he told www.arsenal.com.

"I have less saves to make and when I do have saves they're usually from long range so I don't have a lot to do in games. It's a credit to the whole team shape and the work that we've done in pre-season," he said. 

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