Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal are listening to offers for Mathieu Debuchy but has denied claims the two are not on speaking terms.
However, Wenger has sought to repair the relationship by explaining Debuchy’s current situation at the club and insisting he is “frustrated” by his current injury.
“Yes, of course [we are listening to offers for Mathieu in January] but we speak,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
“We have communication with all the players. It’s a little bit a frustrated article from a player who is injured, you know when you are injured you cannot play.
“When he had the opportunities to play when Bellerin was injured, he got injured.
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“So I cannot do anything about that and I gave him last year the opportunity to go to Bordeaux on loan, but we had nobody coming in for him over the summer period and there are some things that are not true in this article.
“We never blocked him going to Fiorentina, nor Espanyol. They had no interest in him at all because we checked that, so you have to take this article with a little distance.”
Wenger also denied that Debuchy was denied a move to Manchester United last season and did not seem impressed by such claims.
“They [Manchester United] have never made an offer for him. It’s completely untrue. It’s sometimes surprising to hear things like that,” he added.
Debuchy clearly looks to have little future at the club, although with Carl Jenkinson also expected to head out on loan it could leave the club short of options at right-back.