French Football Weekly rates Serge Aurier as one of the best young players in France, so why hasn't Arsene Wenger signed him yet?
The 21-year-old Toulouse star has been consistently linked with the Gunners this season following the chance that current right-back Bacary Sagna may not stay at the club past the end of the season.
The guide’s assessment of Aurier is glowing and questions what exactly Arsene Wenger is waiting for in relation to signing the youngster.
“While Aurier shares Sagna’s versatility, in fact the 21-year-old is far more versatile, despite his age Aurier looks more potent offensively than Sagna and is not too far behind defensively,” reads the guide’s assessment.
The way Arsenal setup is based around having aggressive full backs who can get forward and provide extra width, allowing the middle field to go narrow, flooding central areas and allowing the Gunners to dominate possession.
It’s clear that FFW believes that Aurier could be a good immediate signing, as well as a sensible long term one, and a player who has had an eye on an Arsenal move for some time.
“There can’t be too much more that Serge Aurier can do to engineer a move to Arsenal. The young right-back has dropped hint after hint that he would be keen to move to London – it has become common knowledge that he has been an Arsenal fan since childhood.”
So we ask again, what exactly is Wenger waiting for?
He could be going all out to get Sagna tied down on a new deal, regardless of whether he has to do that after the end of the season.
The current speculation suggests that Sagna has been offered a deal by Manchester City and Wenger may be very keen to prevent one of his most experience players from moving to a direct rival.
However, should Sagna sign any new deal, it will eradicate any chance of signing Aurier who won’t want to move to a club where he’s not first choice in his defensive position.
He’s a young, ambitious, talented player keen to link up with Arsenal and while there is definite merit in working hard to get Sagna tied down to a new contract, Aurier could be the best investment Wenger makes this summer so the wait is confusing.