The 21-year-old currently plays for Toulouse in France. He has expressed interest in the past over joining the Gunners, however, as he told Foot Mercato that he wouldn't be able to refuse them (via Sky Sports):
You cannot refuse Arsenal. You can ask any player if he would play for Arsenal and I think he would respond positively without hesitation.
It is certain that Arsenal is a dream.
It is certainly time for the young right-back to move to the Premier League. He has performed well with Toulouse and can certainly handle the pressures that come with playing in England. He has proved that much during the 2014 World Cup.
Aurier was the star of Ivory Coast's opening win against Japan. In the 2-1 win, Aurier recorded both assists. That performance, in his first-ever appearance in a World Cup game, earned him high praise from African soccer legend Didier Drogba, as reported on FIFA.com:
"He’s the best right-back in all of France. I think he’ll do well at the next level too, in the Premier League."
Aurier has even earned national recognition as a result of his play. Grant Wahl of SI.com has taken notice:
And John Bennett of BBC Sport pointed out that Aurier will get more and more expensive with each passing minute:
The defender is a must-have for Arsenal during this transfer window. He's potent on the offensive end (six goals and six assists from right-back for Toulouse this season) and also contends offensive players well. Ben Lyttleton of SI.com pointed out what Arsenal would be getting in Aurier:
What would Arsenal be getting? An up-and-down fullback with energy to burn, but true the modern prototype player, Aurier is also versatile: he can play at center back if necessary (even Sagna played there a few times) and as a defensive midfielder too.
Aurier gives hope to Ivorian worried about the end of this ‘golden generation’ – he is leading the charge for the new brigade.
Such a young player with a rising stock is difficult to pass up. While there might be other options available right now, the Gunners should focus all their attention to Aurier. Ivory Coast have reaped the benefits of committing to such a young budding star. Arsenal should do the same.
Aurier's versatility allows the Gunners to get creative when drawing up plays. It also gives them the confidence to allow Aurier to work the ball up the pitch, as he clearly is capable of scoring.
Plus, the young star still has room to grow. He might turn into an even better version of himself in a few years' time. Even if he doesn't improve much, the player Arsenal would be getting is still supremely valuable.
This is a transfer that Arsenal must make.
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