Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Toulouse right back Serge Aurier, as replacement for 29 year old Bacary Sagna, according to the Daily Mail. The French international has 18 months left on his contract and was reported to be unhappy with terms of an extension, prompting speculation of a transfer out of the Emirates. And apart from Serie A club Inter Milan, Sagna has also been reported as a transfer target for Ligue 1 club Paris St Germain (PSG), according to the Metro. Arsene Wenger is therefore expected to cash in on the right back and deploy 20 year old Carl Jenkinson as first choice, with Aurier as cover.
And as the results on the pitch continue to disappoint fans and increase pressure on Wenger and the club's administrators, the Emirates club could be set for one of its busiest ever transfer windows. The Gunners have been linked to a number of players - Wilfried Zaha, Adrian Lopez, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, among others. However, for the club to approach any or all of these targets, the present first team will need to be pruned, in order to accommodate both the numbers and the finances.
Ins and Outs
The club have already sent Korean forward Park Chu-Young on loan to La Liga club Celta Vigo and out-of-favour Moroccan forward Marouane Chamakh is attracting interest from West Ham United, according to the earlier Daily Mail report. Meanwhile, Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin continues to be the forgotten man at the Emirates and a January move is almost certain, particularly since his contract with the club expires in the summer.
Meanwhile, the continuing injury problems to Frenchman Abou Diaby and the lack of viable defensive cover in the centre of the park have led Wenger to consider West Ham's Mohamed Diame. The Senegal international could be involved in a swap deal of sorts, given the Hammers' reported interest in Chamakh.
Criticism from Past Players
A continuing lack of high-profile transfers has seen several of the club's former players question Wenger's management, with Ian Wright and George Graham the most recent to voice their opinions.
"'It is a unique position that Wenger is in - I think that any other manager in any country, in any world, with a record like this and no prospect of light at the end of the tunnel - they would have been gone by now. I just want to know, what is going on?" the former England international was quoted by the Daily Mail, "Arsenal, with the size of that club that I love, should not be in the predicament that it finds itself in right now."