Arsenal are ready to offer centre-back Philippe Senderos a new contract to keep him at the club until 2010.
The 20-year-old Swiss international was outstanding after replacing injured Sol Campbell and kept his place even when the England defender was fit again.
Boss Arsene Wenger told the Evening Standard: "Philippe has been magnificent. We will talk about a new contract when we report back in July.
"Hopefully, it will be sorted out before the start of the season."
Senderos, who cost Arsenal £500,000 from Servette in July 2003, has three years left on his present deal.
He spent almost a year in treatment and rehabilitation after suffering injuries when he arrived at Highbury.
But last season he made 22 first-team starts, including the FA Cup final, and his form earned him a call-up to the Swiss national team.