Coleman could have a seamless switch from Arsenal to Everton

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With Bacary Sagna's contract set to expire, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is lining up a new right back.

French international Sagna, 30, is free to leave the club in the summer, and has been a reliable servant for Arsenal ever since his 2007 move to North London. Whilst Galatasary and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with moves for Sagna, Wenger remains hopeful that the former Auxerre man will extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium, but it seems the Gunners are lining up a number of right backs in case Sagna does choose to leave the club. Roberto Rosales (Twente), Martin Montoya (Barcelona), Sebastian Corchia (Sochaux) and Serge Aurier (Toulouse) are just a handful of the names linked with the club, but their number one target could be a lot closer to home.

After a great start to the season under Roberto Martinez, Everton's Seamus Coleman has established himself as one of the top right backs in England, and demonstrated that with another fine performance at the Emirates Stadium yesterday as the Toffees claimed a well deserved 1-1 draw. The Irishman once again showed his ability to get forward and support the attack, but has also shown improvements as a defender, as he finally made the right back position his own.

Coleman, 25, who signed a new five and a half year deal 12 months ago, could now be the subject of a £10m bid from Arsenal as they look to secure a long term replacement for Sagna. Coleman, who mostly played on the right hand side of the midfield under former Everton boss David Moyes, has reverted back to full back as Martinez looks to accommodate attacking players such as Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu into his team.

Despite signing Mesut Ozil for £42.4m, it's believed that Wenger would still like to be frugal in the transfer market, and £10m is a reasonable price for Coleman, who continues to develop under the stewardship of Martinez. With a somewhat similar style of football in that it's largely based on a slow, short passing build up, Coleman could have a seamless transition from Goodison Park to the Emirates Stadium, should Wenger pursue the Irish international.

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