Alex Song
Arsenal's Song challenges AC Milan's Robinho during their Champions League last 16 second leg match at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Arsenal are set to offer Alex Song an extension to his current contract after a series of impressive displays this season.

Song, 24, has been in inspired form this season, scoring once and supplying eight assists as the Gunners hunt a Champions League spot.

The Cameroon international set up Theo Walcott for Arsenal's second in the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Such contributions have been a hallmark of Song's campaign and Arsenal are reportedly keen to tie him down to a new long-term contract, in light of speculation linking him with a move to Juventus.

Arsene Wenger has signalled his intention to retain the midfielder past the end of his current deal - which expires in 2014 - after he asked chief executive Ivan Gazidis to open talks about an extension. Song stands to become one of the club's highest earners when he is offered a new five-year £75,000-a-week deal.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has praised Song's development this season but insists the arrival of Mikel Arteta has encouraged the midfielder's development.

Arteta scored a stunning free kick against Villa at the weekend but his performances at the heart of Arsenal's midfield have allowed Song the licence to roam forward, a move that has been critical to the club's resurgence in the last two months.

"Mikel Arteta has been a good signing for Arsenal and his arrival has brought the best out of Alex Song," Redknapp told the Daily Mail. "Arteta has been sitting deep and that has given Song the licence to play further up the field. It's easy to pass it simply, but he has been hitting match-winning passes. Terrific vision and execution, almost like Paul Scholes in his heyday. He's not getting enough credit for it."