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.
Since the Premier League season finished and the Gunners went on to lift the FA cup trophy after that dramatic comeback against Hull City at Wembley, the papers have been filled with Arsenal transfer rumours. Even more than usual, in fact, because of the number of positions that need strengthening in Arsene Wenger’s squad.
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.
It is never nice to see one of your better and well loved players joining a direct rival, and Arsenal fans have had to cope with it on a much too regular basis in recent years. So the news that our French international defender Bacary Sagna was moving to Premier League champions Man City was not good news for Gooners.
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.
There is still a chance that Arsenal will still have Bacary Sagna playing at right back when next season kicks off in August, but it is unlikely. An FA cup trophy and all the celebrations that come with it might help, and the French international may not get the bumper offer he was hoping for, especially if Man City have to pull in their belt to avoid further FFP sanctions.