A lot of us thought it was a done deal earlier in the summer, and that Arsenal would be announcing the Toulouse player Serge Aurier as the replacement for our departing defender Bacary Sagna once the Ivory Coast international had finished his duties at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
The fact that Arsenal have been looking to sign a new right back will come as no surprise to the England international defender Carl Jenkinson. The decision of Bacary Sagna to leave us for Man City was always going to leave a gap in the squad, which the completion of the Mathieu Debuchy transfer from Newcastle United yesterday has now filled.
There is no suggestion that this is a vital part of the deal that will see Arsenal complete the transfer of the France international right back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United, but Alan Pardew want to see the young Gunner Carl Jenkinson move in the other direction, according to a Daily Mail report.
It certainly seems as though one Arsenal target, Mathieu Debuchy, has edged ahead of the player he could be about to replace, Bacary Sagna, at least as far as their international careers go. And that could just prove to be the decisive factor in whether or not the Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Newcastle United man with a move to the Emirates come true or not.
There is a good chance, I hope, that Arsenal will keep their club captain and versatile defender Thomas Vermaelen this season after all. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but there is nothing to stop Arsene Wenger blocking the move, although that would mean losing Vermaelen next summer for nothing.