It is no secret that Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is stalling on a new deal and could be imminently leaving his club of seven years. A capable replacement will be high on Wenger’s list, so let’s look at some options.
The diminutive Irishman was rewarded for an incredible performance last season with selection in the PFA Team of the Year. He was simply awesome, and at 25 he might just be entering his best years.
Coleman finished second-highest goal-scoring defender with six goals, and second-highest key-passing defender just behind teammate Leighton Baines.
Competition will be fierce for Coleman, with Manchester United reportedly interested, too. However, he would be a more than capable replacement for Sagna, and Arsenal should go all out in order to win his signature.
Widely reported to finally be leaving Manchester City, the 25-year-old versatile defender could re-start his ailing career at Arsenal.
Fast, strong and good in possession, the English defender has previously stated an admiration for the Gunners and could be pried away from City for under £10million. Wenger declared an interest in signing more British players, and Richards would be a worthy addition to his squad.
French international Debuchy currently plies his trade on Tyneside, with Newcastle United likely to repel any offers. However, Debuchy was one of Newcastle’s better players last season and the option of Champions League football with the Gunners might be hard to resist.
The buccaneering full-back is sometimes found out of position, with defensive duties often taking a back-seat to attacking prowess, however his Premier League and International experience will prove a vital addition to any side.
21-year-old Aurier has been widely linked with a move from Ligue 1 club Toulouse to Arsenal this summer. The Ivory Coast international is a fantastically gifted footballer and tireless athlete who will no doubt move to a major European club over the coming years.
His Premier League inexperience could prove costly in Arsenal's early games, so signing Aurier would be somewhat of a risk. However, he appears highly capable and is certainly a star in the making.
Arsène Wenger may opt for a veteran replacement to keep the position warm for the emerging Carl Jenkinson.
If so, Napoli and Italy right-back Christian Maggio could provide high level experience while also holding an attacking temperament Arsenal are fond of. Injured for a few months with lung complaints, the World Cup bound right-back was a little off-form and, along with his 32 years of age, may come cut-priced.
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