Arsene Wenger is chasing a new left-back - and his transfer planning is the clearest hint that he will stay at Arsenal.
The Frenchman is eyeing Valencia’s highly-promising Jose Gaya as he looks to bolster his squad.
It is a deal which is being lined up for next summer and Arsenal insiders firmly believe that is an indication that Wenger is looking to the future himself.
Gaya is regarded as one of the best prospects in Europe, Arsenal are keeping tabs and the left-back slot is the one area where they want to strengthen.
Nacho Monreal, who turns 31 in February, is current first choice.
The club have yet to offer reserve Kieran Gibbs a new deal, even though he only has 18 months left on his contract.