Arsenal are in talks with Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy as they look to secure a replacement for Bacary Sagna, but there are questions over whether this would be the right move.
According to French sports website Infosports+, Arsene Wenger has already started discussions over a possible move for the France international and sees him as the ideal replacement for the veteran right-back, who is joining Manchester City. Sagna has been a mainstay of the Gunners defence since he arrived at Emirates Stadium from Auxerre in 2007.
The Gunners have young Englishman Carl Jenkinson as a ready replacement, but this move for Debuchy suggests the Arsenal boss is concerned about a lack of experience. Jenkinson is 22 years old, but has only ever been an understudy to Sagna and found first team football hard to come by last season.
At 28, Debuchy would provide a greater depth of experience and some may regard him as an upgrade on Sagna, as he is picked ahead of the 31-year-old for France. While he has looked solid for Newcastle United, the former Lille star has hardly been a sensation in the Premier League.
Another full-back the Gunners have been linked with is Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier, but a move for Debuchy would indicate that Wenger has decided against the 21-year-old. Aurier looked very exciting at the World Cup, but also very raw and would take time to mature into a first team regular.
All the talk about Arsenal heading into the transfer window this summer has been about their improved financial situation and an ability to pull off big name, big money transfers like the club record £42.4million purchase of Mesut Özil last season.
An £8million move for a 28-year-old who has been moderately impressive for a mid-table Premier League club is hardly one to excite the fans at Emirates Stadium. Experience is always a benefit, but eventually a player like Jenkinson needs to be given the opportunity to shine by having a run in the team.
Time for a chance
He has proved that he can hold his own with the best of them if given an extended run in the team - the last time he did that he earned a call-up for the England squad. There is also the matter of the very promising Under-21 squad star Hector Bellerin, who is now 19 and will want to be given a chance to impress soon.