The rumours about a loan move for Mathieu Debuchy have been swirling around for weeks, and we look to be closing in on a conclusion on deadline day. The Frenchman appears to be heading back to his homeland to join French side Bordeaux, with Arsene Wenger snubbing Louis van Gaal and Manchester United after a late bid, according to The Times.
Debuchy has been totally pushed out of the first team picture this season, with Hector Bellerin now unquestionably our first choice right-back. Even when the Spaniard has been rested however, Wenger has shown a complete lack of faith in the veteran Frenchman, and has even opted to put Calum Chambers in the right-back position ahead of him.
The former Newcastle United defender has been heavily linked with a move to Sunderland and Aston Villa (via the Express), but it seems he’s destined to spend the rest of the season outside of the Premier League.
This will no doubt please Arsene Wenger, who would be loathe to strengthen one of his rivals. This is no doubt the reason he blocked the move to Manchester United, as he’s seen the impact selling to the Red Devils has had in the past. Obviously loaning them Debuchy would be nowhere near the same as selling Robin van Persie, but we still have no reason to strengthen United if we have other options.
Debuchy was totally left out of the match day squad for our FA Cup win over Burnley, which potentially suggests he was in the midst of sorting out a move away. Sky Sports sources claim the move to Bordeaux is all but complete, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s announced.
Wenger confirmed that a deadline day exit for his compatriot was “still a possibility” (via Sky Sports), and if the sources are to be believed it seems as though it’s more than a possibility.
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Seeing Debuchy’s departure isn’t likely to aggravate too many Arsenal fans, as he doesn’t seem like he has a future at Arsenal anyway. But hopefully a loan move for the 30-year-old doesn’t leave us light at right-back for the remainder of the season.