Arsenal have been linked with Newcastle’s right back Mathieu Debuchy on a number of occasions this summer after their former defender Bacary Sagna agreed to join title rivals Manchester City on a free transfer. Despite his age, he could prove an interesting acquisition for Arsenal this summer.
The 29-year-old France international is currently first choice over Sagna at the World Cup and offers plenty going forward. Being so close to his thirties, Wenger would usually be reluctant to spend too much on someone who he cannot manage to gain a return from in the future.
Serge Aurier has been the most linked defender since the tail end of last season, and he has suitably impressed going forward for Ivory Coast but it’s still undecided over his defensive abilities. He is also very young at 21-years-old and could stump the growth of Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin. Arsenal need someone who can just slot in right away and do a solid job, while also mentor the younger Gunners.
Reports in France are suggesting Debuchy is closing in on a move to north London, with a deal around the region of £6million mooted. If Wenger does move for the Magpie right back it will certainly show his belief that both Jenkinson and Bellerin are options for the future. One of them, most likely the Spaniard, can then be sent out on loan for the campaign to get some solid first team experience.
Personally, Debuchy seems the most obvious option. He’s cheap at £6m (if we can nab him for that price) and will provide an instant stopgap in Sagna’s position. He has plenty of top level experience with Newcastle and Lille beforehand, while he’s a regular France international.
Certainly Aurier is an exciting talent, but the likes of Jenkinson and Bellerin have the potential to be just as exciting and solid at the back. Jenko also has been discussed as a potential centre back, so investment in the life long Gooner could certainly pay dividend.
What are your thoughts Gooners?