Seamus Coleman plans to stay at Everton despite Arsenal interest

Seamus Coleman for Republic of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland international is set to sign a new long-term contract with Everton and snub Arsenal in the process.

 

Seamus Coleman will commit his future to Everton and end Arsenal's hopes of signing him this summer.

 

According to the Daily Mail the 25-year-old has agreed to improved personal terms offered by the Toffees.

 

Coleman will probably have seen that Arsenal, despite winnning the FA Cup, fell away badly in the Premier League title race in the new year and seem no closer to winning it than they have done since their last triumph.

 

Moreover he is probably enjoying his football now more than ever under boss Roberto Martinez whose philosophy on the game has allowed the former Sligo Rovers playerto express himself and indeed caters to his attacking instincts from full-back.

 

This in stark contrast to the rigid and somewhat negative tactics of previous manager David Moyes that he may have felt more inclined move on from had Moyes not replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

 

Over the last few seasons Coleman has established himself as one of the Premier League's outstanding right-backs and his performances caught the attention of Manchester United under David Moyes in particular.

 

With the Scot's departure from Old Trafford and Bacary Sagna's from Arsenal to Manchester City however Arsene Wenger has been on the lookout for a replacement.

 

And Coleman appeared to fit the bill with Arsenal linked to his name over the last couple of months.

 

Unfortunately for the Gunners however it seems Martinez has persuaded the consistent defender to put pen to paper on a new deal and remain on Merseyside for his best years.

 

Arsenal could now move in earnest for Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier who has shone with Ivory Coast at the World Cup.

 

At 21 he is a younger but potentially cheaper alternative to Coleman and Arsene Wenger could relish developing his game. Aurier does not lack for athleticism and looks more than suited for the physical rigours of English football.

 

Arsenal need to act quickly to secure his services however as PSG are beginning to hover around.

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