Arsenal fans saw the club's title bid fall apart in the second half of the season, but the campaign ended on a high with a fourth place finish, as well as clinching their first silverware in nine years with an FA Cup final win over Hull City last weekend. In order to keep challenging for trophies and honours, manager Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen his side this summer, and one of the primary areas of concern will be right back.
Long-term incumbent Bacary Sagna is poised to leave the club this summer upon the expiration of his contract, leaving a huge gap to be filled in the Arsenal defence. Sagna is now 31, and Wenger needs to be looking for a younger alternative who can step in right away.
A number of names have been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium but none has been more strongly suggested than Toulouse's Ivorian international Aurier. The 21-year-old has had an outstanding season in France and is expected to star at the World Cup this summer - but could be an Arsenal player before the tournament gets under way
The full back has been linked with a switch to North London incessantly this season, and now Aurier has admitted that whilst he doesn't have any preference over which team he should sign for this summer, it would be hard to say no to Arsenal given the culture established by Wenger.
"I've never prioritised a club in England as even the promoted clubs are respectable. I will privilege the one that will show the most interest in me, that will give me the most game time," said Aurier. "After that, you can't really say no to Arsenal. It's a club with history, with a French manager, who has welcomed many francophones. Plus, Arsenal are always thereabouts when it comes to trophies and a club that plays in the Champions League," he added.