Mathieu Debuchy looks set to leave the club on loan this January, with fellow Premier League sides Aston Villa and Sunderland both having agreed deals to lure the Frenchman away, according to the Mirror.
The report suggests both clubs have come to an agreement with Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger will therefore let Debuchy choose where he wants to spend the rest of the campaign. Talks are ongoing between the player and his two potential destinations, but it seems he’s yet to make his decision.
There were fears that letting Debuchy go without bringing in a replacement would leave us light at right-back, but Wenger appears to have a plan to alleviate those fears. The manager has reportedly inserted a recall clause into the deals (via The Evening Standard), so that we can bring the former Newcastle United man back to the Emirates if need be.
If there’s a fee involved, then it seems strange that there’d be a recall clause. We obviously can’t charge Villa or Sunderland hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds only to recall him shortly after. We could obviously refund the fee or have it paid in installments or at a later date, but that seems unlikely.
Regardless of what happens this January, it doesn’t seem like Debuchy has a future at Arsenal. He’s been totally displaced by Hector Bellerin, and the 30-year-old’s poor performances this season have ensured he is kept far away from the first team where possible. The unfortunate injury to Carl Jenkinson (via the Mirror) may have changed Wenger’s long-term plans somewhat, but the 66-year-old seems to have accepted that Debuchy is unlikely to play any further part at Arsenal.
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As the report suggests, Debuchy has also been linked with a move to the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, although Sunderland are reportedly the front runners. Sam Allardyce was apparently plotting a permanent move for Jenkinson before his injury – the young right-back enjoyed an excellent first season with West Ham under Allardyce – but now he appears to have turned his attention to Debuchy.
Whether he leaves on loan, permanently, or not at all this January, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Debuchy never play for Arsenal again.