He was signed in the summer of 2014 as a replacement for the recently departed Bacary Sagna. But little did Mathieu Debuchy know that he’d have just 13 Premier League appearances to speak of in an Arsenal shirt in that time.
And it looks as though the Frenchman could be set to call it a day at the Emirates, when the winter transfer window opens next week.
He’s now 1/3 to leave the north London outfit, with a whole host of clubs expected to queue up for the former Newcastle United man’s signature.
Debuchy rather shockingly admitted earlier in the week that his relationship with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has turned rather frosty, saying:
“We say hello – nothing more.”
And with Wenger’s first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin recently agreeing a contract extension, it’s clear that opportunities in the starting XI will be few and far between for the 31-year-old.
Debuchy spent the second-half of last season on loan at Bordeaux, and was reportedly extremely close to signing a deal with Manchester United back in the summer.
That failed to happen though, leaving the defender to spend much of the first-half of the season with the reserves.
An injury picked up in Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Bournemouth back in November has ruled the France international out for the festive period.
But he’s expected to be back in training and fully fit midway through January – around the time when clubs will have nailed down their transfer targets.
So will Debuchy finally say goodbye? It’s looking more likely by the day.
How do fans feel about the news? Is a move away from the Emirates the best thing for both parties, or would Wenger be crazy to let the £12m man go?
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