Arsenal players and transfer targets have been dropping like flies out of the World Cup finals in Brazil. Our Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla was closely followed by the two England Gunners Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere. Then came the striker targets Mario Mandzukic and Mario Balotelli, and they were joined in the later games by the Ivory Coast duo Serge Aurier and Wilfried Bony.
If you believe the Arsenal transfer rumours in the media, then you must be new to the game of football transfer windows. But often there is no smoke without fire, and there seems to have been a smoke bomb set off in the vicinity of the Toulouse star Serge Aurier.
Although there are still plenty of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with various right backs as a potential replacement for the Man City bound Frenchman Bacary Sagna, the smart money says that the Toulouse and Ivory Coast player Serge Aurier is set for a move to the Emirates.
There was a very loud buzz on the Arsenal transfer rumour mill a few weeks back, when one lucky Arsenal fan seemed to have got the exclusive about the transfer of Serge Aurier to the Gunners. It was straight from the horse’s mouth, when the fan met Aurier at an Ivory Coast international friendly, but then it all went quiet.
Serge Aurier himself seems convinced that he will be leaving Toulouse for Arsenal this summer, and if he is using the World Cup as a final audition for the job then he has passed the first test with flying colours by setting up both goals in the Ivory Coast´s 2-1 win over Japan.
WOW, Gooners, this could be a world exclusive for Just Arsenal, or it could be a wind-up that leaves us with egg all over our stupid faces. Well here goes anyway, it is certainly a good story. If it is true, we can all stop wondering who is going to take over from Bacary Sagna, because Serge Aurier has spilled the beans to an Arsenal fan that is is going to be him.
The Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier has been the subject of many Arsenal rumours in the last few weeks, and he is hotly tipped to be the replacement for the contract-rebel Bacary Sagna. Although Carl Jenkinson is expected to be the natural successor to Sagna, Aurier could easily compete for the starting spot after being named in the Ligue 1 Team-of-the-Year.
Before all the Arsenal fans shout Yes and go off and have a party, I should explain that the French Ligue 1 side Marseille only want to take the Ivorian international Gervinho from the Gunners on a season long loan deal. I think that if they were to offer Arsenal anywhere near £10 million then we would snap their hands off, but a loan deal is much less straightforward.