Arsenal have confirmed that both Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy have left the club on deadline day (via The Guardian).
On what is proving to be an incredibly busy deadline day for Arsenal, the news isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined and Mesut Ozil has signed a new contract at the club but two players have also left the Emirates.
Olivier Giroud has completed his move to Chelsea for a price in excess of £18 million.
The Frenchman joined the club from Montpellier in 2012 for a fee of around £10 million and made over 250 appearances, scoring 103 goals for the Gunners.
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The club has announced that another Frenchman, Mathieu Debuchy has also left Arsenal after almost four years at the Emirates and is expected to join Saint Etienne.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 31, 2018
Debuchy joined from Newcastle United in 2014 but injuries have reduced the Frenchman to just 20 appearances for the Gunners.
It will take some time to analyse what has proven to be an incredibly busy deadline day window for Arsenal. The incomings have been wonderful but the Gunners may prove to regret the outgoings. It seems a strange decision to sell a player as useful as Olivier Giroud to a direct rival like Chelsea, especially for that fee. Mathieu Debuchy’s departure makes a little more sense.