Ligue 1 starlet and potential Sagna replacement: "Arsenal is a legendary club"

Serge Aurier has been speaking about the apparent interest in his services from Arsenal.

One area in which Arsenal are being consistently linked with potentially bringing in new player has been at right-back. Largely this is due to the potential departure and continued doubt over the long-term future of Bacary Sagna.

The French international is out of contract at the end of the season and he continually been linked with an exit in the summer.

He recently admitted to being angry at the clubs decision to sell top names such as Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alex Song but the rhetoric from his boss Arsene Wenger recently has been one of a belief that Sagna will remain a Gunner for the foreseeable future.

At the moment however the club know there are no assurances that Sagna will remain an Arsenal player long into the future.

This brings you to his potential replacements - of which there has been many a name thrown in the hat.

Sebastien Corchia, Juan Cuadrado, Daryl Janmaat, Nathaniel Clyne … it has been a long and extensive list.

But a name that pops up every now and again is Serge Aurier of Toulouse. The Ivory Coast international is similar in style to Sagna and at 20-years-old is already a regular first team performer in Ligue 1.

He is certainly your archetypal Wenger signing and certainly has the potential to be a Premier League star.

And now the player himself has been speaking about his future.

He had glowing remarks on Arsenal as a club, and certainly did not rule any future move out - although he also made it clear he was not on the precipice of leaving his current side either:

"Arsenal is a legendary club in England. There are Gunners fans with whom I exchange on Twitter asking me to come. I am pleased to see that I already get messages from people I have not promised anything. Today I am in Toulouse, everything goes well. If I have to leave one day, I would have given everything to the club. In football, you never know how it will happen. For now, my desire is to be there next season, but if it happens otherwise, I thank the people of the club and I will go head up, with a sense of accomplishment."

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