Aurier: Arsenal always attracted me, there was contact, wishes Debuchy luck

Serge Aurier

Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has wished Mathieu Debuchy luck at Arsenal.

Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been talking about his proposed transfer to Arsenal failing to materialise.

The right-back had made no secret of his liking for the Gunners, even posting a photo online a year ago of himself wearing an Arsenal shirt.

Aurier, 21, remains contracted to Toulouse, and has been linked with PSG over the past fortnight.

Arsenal's interest is considered to be now off the radar after the club signed Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle instead, and Aurier says he is now moving on.

He told Le10Sport: "True Arsenal has always attracted me, I've never hidden my attraction to this club that makes me dream, but ... It's not just Arsenal, the city of London I really like and also the Premier League too, I'd really like to move to this league one day.

"Everyone lingered on the transfer of "Aurier to Arsenal" because it's true, there has been an approach and a desire to make me sign Arsenal. But hey, it does not happen and that's that.

"I am very happy for Mathieu Debuchy, he deserves a lot because he's a great player, this is one of the best full-backs in the world."

Aurier added that he is now not concerning himself with rumours linking him to PSG, even acknowledging interest from Liverpool. Tottenham and QPR have also been suggested as possible destinations.

"I try to better manage the situation. I do my best to return as soon as possible with the group (from the World Cup break), I am very calm."

Aurier, officially the second fastest player at the World Cup, may still get his dream move to Arsenal if he remains patient, even if he sounds a little disappointed.

He is almost eight years younger than Debuchy who turns 29 in August. Clearly he has been on the Gunners' radar, so if he continues his progression and improves the defensive side of his game, Arsenal may one day come knocking for him again.

Did Arsenal miss out on Aurier? Is Debuchy a safer bet right now?

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