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Arsenal line up Venezuelan international as Sagna replacement

Bacary Sagna appears set to depart Arsenal, and now Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for a new right-back.

With speculation suggesting that French full back Bacary Sagna could be heading for the Arsenal exit door upon the expiration of his contract next summer, the Gunners may be targeting Twente's Venezuelan defender Roberto Rosales, report The Mail.

The Frenchman, 30, will be free to leave the Emirates Stadium in July, and manager Arsene Wenger is now on the lookout for a replacement having learned that Sagna won't sign a new deal on the same terms.

Barcelona's Martin Montoya, Genoa's Croatian international Sime Vrsaljko and Seabstian Corchia of Sochaux are also reportedly on Wenger's wishlist, whilst a late deal for Schalke's Atusto Uchida fell through in August after a £6m bid.

With a move back to France with either Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco apparently on Sagna's mind, Wenger could choose to try and move him on in January, providing he can find an ample replacement – which has brought him to Rosales, who could be available despite the Dutch club's desire to extend his contract, which also expires in the summer.

The 24 year old Venezuela international has become a fixture of the Twente line up since his 2010 move from Belgian side Gent, and became the first ever player from Venezuela to score in the Champions League with a goal in Twente's 3-3 draw with Arsenal's fierce North London rivals Tottenham.

Whilst Rosales isn't a big name player – certainly not to the extent of Mesut Ozil – Arsene Wenger has made a reputation of buying low profile players and turning them into key players, such as Sagna himself.

Capable of playing in midfield and at left back, Rosales is adept at getting forward and supporting the attack, whilst also being solid defensively. He isn't very tall, standing at just 5ft 7in, but he possesses good pace, whilst he constantly marauds down the flanks without tiring, overlapping wingers to great effect.

Any move will serve as a blow to Carl Jenkinson's hopes of breaking into the first team – and subsequently the England squad. Additionally, Mathieu Flamini filled in at right back during his first spell at the club, but it seems Wenger is intent on bringing in a natural, long term replacement for Sagna either in January or in the summer.

Whether that player proves to Rosales, or one of the aforementioned right backs, remains to be seen. Wenger still has money to spend despite the £42.5m capture of Mesut Ozil, and could arguably afford a higher profile name at the position than Rosales – but would Wenger rather mould his own player?

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