Alex Song to be offered new Arsenal deal

Arsenal to reward Song with pay-rise after midfielder prompts Gunners' revival

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22:07 GMT, 26 March 2012

Arsenal will offer influential midfielder Alex Song a bumper pay-rise to commit his long-term future to the club.

And manager Arsene Wenger will look to strengthen his defensive midfield options further with a big-money summer move for Yann M’Vila.

Song, 24, has been in sparkling form in recent months, something that has coincided with Arsenal’s resurgence.

Midfield maestro: Alex Song (left) is set to be rewarded with a new deal

Midfield maestro: Alex Song (left) is set to be rewarded with a new deal

The Cameroon international’s existing deal is worth around 55,000 a week and expires in the summer of 2014. But Wenger has instructed chief executive Ivan Gazidis to begin talks with Song with a view to securing his long-term future before the start of next season.

Song is expected to be offered a five-year deal worth around 75,000 a week — making him one of the club’s highest earners.

Arsenal bound Yann M'Vila is expected to leave Rennes this summer

Arsenal bound Yann M'Vila is expected to leave Rennes this summer

France international M’Vila has emerged as the club’s first-choice target for a holding midfielder.

Rennes are resigned to losing the 21-year-old and will consider offers in excess of 17million.

Arsenal are also expected to announce the signing of Germany striker Lukas Podolski this week.