Mathieu Debuchy has confirmed he wishes to leave Arsenal this January to seek a new challenge after falling heavily out of favour at Emirates, however whether that is on a permanent deal or not still is up in the air.
The Frenchman has had a very unfortunate time at Emirates, after being brought in to replace Bacary Sagna in the summer of 2014 he suffered two serious injuries in one season that decimated his season but luckily for Arsenal, opened the door for Hector Bellerin to snatch the right-back position.
The Spaniard hasn’t looked back, and his superb form last season forced Debuchy to leave the Gunners on loan last winter to seek first team opportunities ahead of Euro 2016. Again, injury struck and ruled him out of contention.
The Frenchman managed to start his first Arsenal match for some time against Bournemouth this season, however once again injury struck and he was replaced midway through the first half. Enough appears enough for the struggling defender.
“I want a new challenge,” Debuchy told French newspaper L’Equipe.
“I told my agent to come back to me if there was anything concrete.
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“I miss not having that excitement, the adrenaline.
“I would prefer a permanent transfer but I’m under contract. If the club says no, what can I do?”
Debuchy is earning around £70,000 per week at Arsenal, and considering he’s barely kicked a ball in the latest eighteen months, there is little surprise Wenger would be open to overload the defender.
Apparently the relationship between the two has broken down severely, with the Arsenal boss blocking a move to Manchester United last season. A wise move considering they are one of our fierce rivals in the Premier League.
With Debuchy on the way out and Carl Jenkinson potentially heading for the exit door, will Arsene Wenger look to bring in one more right-back in the winter transfer window? It seems unlikely as the Gunners boss will probably look to utilize Gabriel if necessary, however it seems a risk that doesn’t need taking considering our injury record.