Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Ivory Coast international "not scared" with prospect of leaving France for Arsenal

Arsenal target Serge Aurier says he is "not scared" at the prospect of leaving France for the Gunners this summer.

The 21-year-old has revealed he wants to quit Ligue 1 side Toulouse at the end of the season and a switch to the Premier League looks on the cards.

As well as the Gunners, Aston Villa and Newcastle are also scouting the right back. A deal in the region of £6million could tempt the French club to sell.

With Bacary Sagna out of contact in the summer, Arsenal have stepped up their search for a replacement.

Arsenal's man in France Gilles Grimandi has watched over the Ivory Coast international who has made 27 appearances in Ligue 1, scoring five goals and recording six assists. He has also been booked nine times.

Aurier has said of his future:
"I don't think it is too early for me to be moving abroad. 
"It is all about reaching a new step personally. I am not scared."
Aurier has represented his county seven times since being handed his debut last year.

The Gunners have Carl Jenkinson tied down to a long term deal and  included young defender Hector BellerĂ­n in first team training in recent weeks. The Spaniard made the bench for the first time in the Premier League game with Swansea.

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