Arsenal are reported to have opened preliminary transfer talks with Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier with a possible move in the summer. The 21 year old Toulouse right back has been in outstanding form since the start of current season, and could be the player to replace Bacary Sagna whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Here are five things you need to know about the Ivorien who only recently got voted as the bet right back in France.
Serge Aurier was born 21 years ago in Ivory Coast, but started his footballing career in the Northern part of France. His youth career actually started at Lens where he attracted the attention of a lot of French clubs. After spending three seasons with Lens, Aurier moved to his current club Toulouse where he has further developed to become one of the most outstanding right backs in the Ligue 1. He is currently named among the best 11 players in the current Ligue 1 season.
Aurier has a strong aerial ability, and has this burning passion to surge forward, which has accounted for the number of goals he has been able to score this season even as a defender. He is one player who likes to dribble. He is well known for his passing ability as well.
Aurier has a strong aerial presence and ability to play both as a central defender and a right back. Arsenal are definitely going to benefit from his ability to play in those two positions, which makes him a potential transfer bargain.
One area he needs to work on is in his penchant for holding on to the ball for too long, which could get him into trouble with aggressive attackers.He needs to learn how to release the ball quickly especially when playing against a team like Southampton.
Of course, as an African, Serge Aurier won’t be available next January due to the African Cup of Nations. The African Cup of Nations holds every two years, and Arsenal could be without the Ivorian international for up to a month starting from January 2015.