Monday 25 July 2016

Mathieu Debuchy Close To Arsenal Exit

In a move that could have interesting implications for Arsenal in this summer's transfer window, reports today claim Arsenal and French club side Bordeaux have entered negotiations for the transfer of Mathieu Debuchy. The former Newcastle United player was on loan at Bordeaux last season where he played nine times, helping the French club to escape relegation.

He has since teamed up with Arsenal pre-season but, according to the Daily Star, Arsenal and Bordeaux have entered negotiations that will see the French club signing the right back on a permanent basis. Debuchy has on several ocassions confirmed that he would like to leave Arsenal for a club where he will be able to command regular playing time. Hence, this news won't be a surprise to many.

He said "A future at Arsenal? It's difficult because there's a young guy who’s 20 in my position who is playing good matches.

"My future could be in France."

He has been linked with a move to West Ham but, if the French media is correct, the 30-year-old could be starting the new season as a Bordeaux player on a permanent basis. This to me is interesting especially with Jenkinson still out injured. Could it be that Wenger intends to buy another right back? Could the imminent Debuchy transfer be the reason why we were linked with the signing of Sibibe who has since signed for Monaco?

Surely Wenger knows Arsenal can't afford to go into a season with only Bellerin as the senior right back? Or could it be that Rob Holding is seen as a back up for Bellerin in the right back position, since he is versatile enough to play the right back and centre back positions?

Personally, I believe getting rid of Debuchy will make perfect sense for Arsenal. There is no point keeping a player who reportedly earns £70,000 a week at the club when he doesn't get to play. The Frenchman, rather than concentrate on how to win back his position from Bellerin, is more focused on criticising Wenger for not giving him more game time. His presence certainly won't be good for our dressing room, so selling him this summer would make sense.

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