Mathieu Debuchy was signed from Newcastle United this past summer, and – despite spending most of the season injured – looks to be an excellent addition.
He is already planning an exit from the Emirates however, and is quoted by the Daily Star as saying he wants to finish his career with Ligue 1 side Lille.
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The right-back spent nine-and-a-half years with Lille, and is keen to retire with the French club when the time comes.
It might seem strange that Debuchy has been at the Emirates for less than a season, but is already plotting an exit, but the 29 year-old is fully aware that he still has a lengthy contract with Arsenal. As a result, this move isn’t something he’s planning anytime soon.
“I still have three and a half years contract at Arsenal, but to finish my career at Lille, that’s my goal,” he told French publication La Voix des Sports.
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“I have already said, I would just finish there.
“But we do not know what can happen, that will be for the head of LOSC to decide, which coach, we do not know.
“But it is an important club for me and I would love to finish my career there.”
Debuchy looks to be a solid replacement for Bacary Sagna (who incidentally struggles to get in the Manchester City team), with his defensive solidity married up with superb aerial ability. If he can remain injury free next season then we should see the best from him, as he ought to be at his peak at this stage of his career. He will now be facing competition from young Hector Bellerin however, who has capitalised on his fellow Gunner’s injury problems and grabbed his chance with both hands.
The 20-year-old looks to be a star of the future, and Debuchy may have a tough task displacing him in the future. It could be that the Frenchman may end up heading off to Lille sooner than expected, especially if Bellerin continues his meteoric rise at Arsenal.