Am I missing something here? It seems that Arsenal have not actually sealed the deal with the Ivorian full back Serge Aurier, who was thought to be on his way to the Emirates from his French Ligu1 club Toulouse. The media are reporting that Arsene Wenger is now interested in the France international Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle, but why?
Aurier was awesome for Ivory Coast in Brazil and I thought his World Cup performances would only have strengthened Arsenal’s resolve to sign the powerful and pacy 21-year old. But apparently not, because the Daily Mail have reported that Arsene Wenger was keen on getting the Everton defender Seamus Coleman in, until he snubbed us and signed a new long term deal with the Toffees. So, according to The Mirror, the Frenchman has turned his attention to his countryman Debuchy.
I find this incredible, because Aurier has practically begged Arsenal to sign him and he would only cost around £8 million according to media reports. I am not saying that Debuchy would not be a decent replacement for Bacary Sagna, as he is pushing the outgoing Arsenal man hard for his starting place in the France national team, but why ignore Aurier?
There are unconfirmed rumours that the problem may be the payment up front to Toulouse. If this is the case, it would be the most stupid transfer move by Arsenal since signing Kim Kallstrom with a back problem that would rule him out for almost exactly the amount of time he was needed to cover for Aaron Ramsey. Genius from the Gunners!! And we wonder why rival fans take the mickey….