Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell disagrees with Gabby Agbonlahor on the prospect of seeing ex-Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier make the controversial switch to the Emirates Stadium.
Aurier, 28, was released by the Lilywhites as Spurs confirmed the deadline day signing of Emerson Royal.
Despite the signing of versatile defender Takehiro Tomiyasu as Hector Bellerin’s replacement for Mikel Arteta’s side, it has been reported the Spaniard would like to add an extra face into the mix in the form of the Ivorian international.
Initial links to Aurier were first reported by journalist Ekrem Knour, via the Express, as he suggested that the current Premier League strugglers have been offered the services of the 28-year-old by his agent with the Gunners reportedly considering the option.
Additionally, according to Sky Sports, the right-back is open to a move to Arsenal despite his recent allegiance to their north London rivals.
It’s safe to say though that the fans of Arsenal aren’t keen on accepting a former Tottenham player at the club.
However, this isn’t the view of Campbell, who believes that Aurier should come in if out of favour Ainsley Maitland-Niles is released by Arsenal in the 2022 January transfer window.
He told Football Insider: “It’s an interesting one, that’s for sure.
“I have seen Serge Aurier have some good games and I have seen him have some stinkers.
“The big thing is, he will cost nothing. It would be a low-risk deal financially.
“Maybe, if the likes of Maitland-Niles is not going to get an opportunity you bring him in. Cedric and Chambers, I cannot see it happening for them.
“And perhaps [Takehiro] Tomiyasu will play in a back five as the right-sided centre-half. I do not see it coming off at the moment though, if I’m honest.”
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor disagrees with Campbell’s view on the situation as he reckons there is “no chance” of this deal coming to fruition.
He also told Football Insider: “He didn’t do the job at Spurs, so you’re just asking for trouble if you bring in someone like that from your local rivals. It shows you’re not as good as them.
“There’s no chance he is going to Arsenal.
“Maybe he could go abroad somewhere, he’s getting a bit older now and his legs are nowhere near as good as they were at Paris Saint-Germain.
“Turkey, maybe, somewhere like that. America or the Middle East could be an option. For sure, he’s certainly still got a lot to offer.”
If Edu is looking to recruit an experienced right-back though, the current free agent could be a serious option, especially considering his extensive Premier League experience.
Source by Football London