Arsenal reportedly open talks with long-term target Serge Aurier

Arsene Wenger has taken the first steps in replacing Bacary Sagna by reportedly opening talks with Toulouse right back Serge Aurier.

The Gunners have seen their title challenge fall apart in recent weeks, with Wenger's side now in serious danger of losing their Champions League spot, as Roberto Martinez's Everton ramp up the pressure with just weeks of the season to go, and with no trophy in nine years, fans in North London are becoming impatient.

As a result, Wenger - who could still leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires - is likely to attack the transfer market with vigour this summer, with many improvements expected across the field, including right back, where long-term incumbent Bacary Sagna is out of contract and is likely to leave the club.

The Frenchman is now 31, and with interest growing in France, Italy and Turkey, it certainly seems that this will be the former Auxerre man's last season at the Emirates Stadium - leaving Wenger with a big hole to fill in his defence should Sagna leave as expected.

A few names have been linked with a move to Arsenal, but the most prominent has been Toulouse's Serge Aurier, who is expected to feature for Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup in Brazil having established himself as one of the top right backs in Ligue 1.

Wenger, who is no stranger to signing players from France's top division, has seemingly been eyeing up Aurier for some time and it was today reported that the Gunners boss held a two hour meeting with Aurier's representative this week ahead of a potential summer move.

The 21-year-old is allegedly valued at around £10m, and as a strong and pacey full back who loves to get forward, he could be the perfect replacement for Sagna this summer.

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