The 21 year old was one of the prime contenders to replace Bacary Sagna and was widely expected to join Arsenal this summer. However, despite impressing at the World Cup, our interest seemed to fade and Wenger eventually signed Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle in a £10 million deal last week.
The youngster has now confirmed that he held talks with the Gunners after we made a formal approach for his services, but in the end it wasn’t to be.
Speaking to Le10Sport, he said:
True Arsenal has always attracted me, I’ve never hidden my attraction to this club that makes me dream, but … It’s not just Arsenal, the city of London I really like and also the Premier League too, I’d really like to move to this league one day.
Everyone lingered on the transfer of “Aurier to Arsenal” because it’s true, there has been an approach and a desire to make me sign Arsenal. But hey, it does not happen and that’s that.
I am very happy for Mathieu Debuchy, he deserves a lot because he’s a great player, this is one of the best full-backs in the world.
Aurier had a solid World Cup for the Ivorians, impressing fans with his marauding displays down the right-hand side. He is a versatile defender who can play both as a right wing back and as a centre-half. He has excelled in both roles, but the wider position is definitely his preferred location, as his determination and tractor like engine helps him burst forward and support attacks.
However, Wenger opted to sign Newcastle right back Debuchy as Sagna’s replacement. It was slightly disappointing that we dropped our interest in the youngster as he’s an exciting prospect, but Debuchy represents the sensible choice.
The signing of the Frenchman proves that Wenger sees both Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin’s as future right backs for Arsenal. So signing Aurier would have meant that either one or both of the youngsters would have been forced to look outside the club for playing opportunities.
Aurier may still get his dream move to Arsenal if he remains patient and continues his development. He is just 21 and clearly has been on the Gunners’ radar, so if he continues his progression and improves the defensive side of his game, the Gunners may one day come knocking for him again.
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