Seamus Coleman has extinguished the interest of Arsenal by signing a contract extension with Everton. Coleman has established himself among the Premier League’s most accomplished full-backs, as was demonstrated by his place in the PFA team of the season.
Roberto Martinez a key factor
The appointment of Roberto Martinez allowed Coleman to flourish further at Goodison Park having initially impressed under the tutelage of David Moyes, and the 25-year-old has been convinced that Everton is the best place for him to continue his career.
Coleman had emerged as a reported target for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger strives to bring a replacement for Bacary Sagna to the Emirates Stadium, but the Republic of Ireland international will remain on Merseyside.
Coleman delighted to sign
"With how much I love playing at Everton, I was delighted to get the chance to sign another contract," Coleman told the official Everton website.
"I've been at Everton five years now and I love everything around the place. I love working with all the players, the staff, the coaching staff - everything. It was a very happy decision to make.
"With the manager and some of the players we have, we're going to the right places."
This is the second time in less than a year that Everton have been able to fend off interest from England’s elite in order to commit a star player to an improved deal. Last summer, Leighton Baines was a target for Manchester United, but pledged himself to the Toffees rather than move to Old Trafford.
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Who now for Arsenal?
Coleman was one of several names to be linked with Arsenal following the departure of Sagna, who joined Manchester City on a free transfer, although had appeared a less likely acquisition than a number of other candidates.
Serge Aurier, who was named the best right-back in France last year thanks to his performances for Toulouse, has been the clear favourite for some time to make the move to north London during the summer transfer window.
Arsenal fans would have been keen observers as the 21-year-old represented the Ivory Coast at the World Cup and, although his country crashed out at the group stage, Aurier performed well.
A new name emerges
The latest player to have been linked with a move to Arsenal is Mathieu Debuchy, who only signed for Newcastle in the January transfer window of last year.
The 28-year-old was an acquisition from Lille, and has impressed during his spell in the north east. Debuchy has already established himself ahead of Sagna as the first-choice right-back for France, and it may well now be he replaces him with the Gunners.
Arsenal, it is reported in The Mirror, are considering an £8 million move for Debuchy.