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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Linked With Ligue 1 Defender

By on January 14, 2013

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Arsenal are linked with a new right back.

It’s been fairly quiet on the transfer news front today but one piece that caught my attention was that we’re understood to be considering a move for Toulouse defender Serge Aurier as a potential replacement for Bacary Sagna, according to the Mirror.

The report claims that 29-year-old Sagna is continuing to stall over a new contract offer and boss Arsene Wenger has identified the Ivory Coast born Aurier as a possible replacement should the Frenchman leave in the summer.

Aurier is a powerfully built 20-year-old right back who has played 25 games for Toulouse since moving from Lens in 2012, but I’m not sure he can be regarded as a ‘replacement’ for Sagna.

Bacary has been an established first team player for us for over five years, has played nearly 350 games during his career and has 32 international caps to his name. Some unknown 20-year-old isn’t going to replace him.

If Bac does leave in the summer, which I sincerely hope he doesn’t despite his recent dip in form, I would imagine Arsene would either bring in a more established name or simply promote Carl Jenkinson to the first team. Yes, I know Carl is only 20 himself, but he’s been with the squad for 18 months and has 29 first team appearances to him name already.

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Arsene has said he wants to build the team around a British core and handed Jenkinson a new long-term contract just last month, so I really can’t see this Aurier bloke coming in and being given the nod ahead of Jenko.

I still hope Sagna stays, as I don’t think Jenkinson is ready for the first team just yet and could do with learning from an experienced defender like Bac, so let’s see how things progress on the contract front over the coming months.

Do you want Sagna to sign a new deal? Who should replace him if he leaves in the summer? Get involved in the comments section below.

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7 Comments

  1. Chongo

    January 14, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Bacery wants to play in front of fans to recapture 5 years ago.

  2. morganman

    January 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

    i’m having jenko and see him as the next gary neville!
    think he might be a little out of date and will have a struggle on his hands with walker for the england spot as i think walker is better in the final third.
    but as far as the squad goes, maybe bringing him in is a good idea. but then what about the youngsters like yennaris..?

    • one man and his club

      January 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      yannaris is pants known as one of the many fringe players give him to bristol city or sumut lol. jenko is beoming a class player and no way is he next gary neville thats an insult

  3. Magge

    January 15, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Sagna is about a 5 on a scale from 1-10.. We need at least an 8! How about Danilo?

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  5. ET'OO

    January 15, 2013 at 9:08 am

    As an arsenal fun am tired of daily links everyday arsenal is linked to villa, mvila,nani,mousu,mbia,michu,renes midfielder etc na tunapigwa daily wenga anatunyima raha pliz wenga , spot aplayer en buy we dont need link stile up arsenal officials.

    • shahrir

      January 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

      etoo-i agree wit u…everyday is rumours…but nothing…

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