At the end of the 2013-14 season it became clear that long time player and right back Bacary Sagna would leave the club on a free transfer.
Now that he has finalised a deal with Manchester City Arsenal will be in need of a replacement.
Although 22 year old Carl Jenkinson has the passion you want, it is clear that he is not ready to be a full time starter in the Premier League.
Two horse race
As the transfer window has gotten underway it became clear that the search had boiled down to two men, Matthieu Debuchy of Newcastle, and Serge Aurier of Toulouse.
While both are talented and would do well at Arsenal, only one could be the choice. Although initially I leaned toward the raw talent of Aurier, the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how much more sense Debuchy makes for the club.
He has a vast amount of experience, has already adapted to the Premier League, and is much more disciplined than the high flying Aurier.
He will be a perfect with Jenkinson as well because he can be a mentor to the young man. Debuchy is 28-years-old and thus by the time he is finished Jenkinson will be entering his prime and will have had a few years to learn his trade from one of the best. If you bring in Aurier you are basically disregarding Jenkinson as he is a year younger.
The biggest positives in the case of Aurier are that he is a known commodity in the Premier League and an upgrade to the Arsenal squad.
However, Debuchy has already proven to be the better all around player than Sagna as he is the first choice in the French squad while Sagna sits on the bench.
Aurier might be the next big thing at the position, but he also could flame out just as easily. I would much rather have the experienced master than the young prodigy, especially as we head into the most important season in quite a long time.
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