With Sagna sealing a bosman switch to Premier League rivals Manchester City, Arsenal are in the hunt for a replacement. It looked as though Wenger was targeting another raid on the French Ligue 1 to replace Sagna, a player he also signed from the French league many seasons ago. The primed target according to reports was Toulouse’s Ivorian right back Serge Aurier and reports in sections of the media had it that a deal was already in place, even the player hinted it to a fan who decided to blow it open on twitter.
Seems Wenger is at his indecisive best as reports have it that Le Prof is targeting a move for Everton’s Dutch right back Seamus Coleman. The news is certainly an interesting one. If there is one player I believe strongly can walk into the big boots of Sagna, it is the Toffee defender. He has Premier League experience and finished last season in the Premier League team of the year even ahead of the Frenchman.
Defensively, he might not be as robust as Sagna but what he lacks in defensive solidity, he more than makes up for it in his offensive ability and we all know the best form of defense is attack. He is pacy, can dribble and take goalscoring chances if any comes his way. Another asset he will bring to the Gunners is his crossing ability. Incumbent striker Olivier Giroud would particularly relish it as it would help him put his aerial dominance to good use.
With the battle been a straight one between Aurier and Coleman, who should Wenger go for? In my own opinion, it depends on what Arsenal are looking for. If the Gunners want someone with experience both in the Premier League and in Europe, Coleman is their man but if they don’t mind getting someone who will have to come to grips with the rigorous of the Premier League and would just be testing European waters for the first time at Arsenal, then they could turn to Aurier. Sagna, prior to his move to Arsenal had never played in England and Europe but he didn’t look fazed in that role. Like fish to water, he settled in the Premier League, dislodging incumbent right back Emmanuel Eboue in the process.
Another thing worth considering is the pricetag. According to reports, Aurier is available for 8-10 million Pounds but Coleman would almost cost at least twice of that fee. He is one of Everton’s prized assets and it would take a mammoth offer to get him out of Goodinson Park. Everton would want to dig in their heels as they did to Manchester United in their pursuit of Leighton Baines. Sensing Arsenal are desperate for a right back after the departure of Sagna, they will hold out for a huge fee.
Coleman’s desire to have a taste of Champions League could see him agitate for a move which could help beat down the price but failure to do that, Arsenal might be priced out of a move for the Irishman which could see Wenger turn to the Ivorian.