Mathieu Debuchy has secured his exit from the Emirates right at the end of the transfer window, with the struggling right-back joining French side Bordeaux on loan (via Arsenal.com).
The right-back has been totally pushed from the first-team this season, with Hector Bellerin now our undisputed first-choice. The 30-year-old has understandably been looking for an exit this winter, as he’s hopeful of still being in with a chance of making France’s squad for the Euro 2016 Championships.
He was heavily linked with a move to one of our Premier League rivals, with Aston Villa, Sunderland, and surprisingly Manchester United all showing an interest (via the Express). Arsene Wenger has understandably looked to loan him out abroad though, and Debuchy may well be pleased with getting a move back to his homeland.
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Despite the move being a loan, it’s hard to see the defender having a future at Arsenal. The ageing full-back has looked poor whenever he’s been given a chance this season, and has been outshone by Hector Bellerin in nearly every way. He’s clearly not happy at being second choice, and Arsene Wenger has arguably added to the humiliation by opting to field Calum Chambers at right-back ahead of Debuchy.
It wouldn’t be a huge blow if we weren’t to see Debuchy in an Arsenal shirt ever again, but he’ll be back next summer so we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds.