Is Debuchy set to leave Arsenal?
A few years back when Arsenal lost Bacary Sagna to Manchester City on a free transfer, many expected the worst. Sagna was one of our most consistent and long serving players at the club and losing him just didn’t seem right. Arsenal were linked with then Newcastle right back Mathieu Debuchy and many fans felt satisfied we were getting a decent replacement.
Fast forward two years and it turns out that the signing of Debuchy wasn’t all that it would’ve seemed. Debuchy started his career at Arsenal a little shaky in adapting to his new team but also provided solid defensive duties. Unfortunately for the Frenchman he got injured and young Hector Bellerin took his spot in the team. From that moment, Bellerin of course never looked back.
For Debuchy, his Arsenal career was over before it had barely even began because after regaining full fitness, Debuchy simply couldn’t match the quality that the Spaniard had shown. It led to Debuchy growing increasingly frustrated with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, to the point where after a single year in North London, he was already looking to leave.
The French international failed to secure a move away in the summer transfer window, before finally having his wish granted in January, joining French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on loan.
With his loan move away from the Emirates now up, what can we expect to see from him on his return to Arsenal? I personally think that Debuchy will secure his move away from Arsenal on a permanent basis this summer, with a number of suitors sure to look at the 30 year old. I think Wenger will favour Carl Jenkinson to take up the back up role to Hector Bellerin and so realistically there is no room left for the former Newcastle man.
Arsenal will struggle to secure a similar amount of money in his sale as to what they purchased him for, as the Gunners shelled out a reported £12 million for the player. However finances will be the last thing to cross Wenger’s mind, as surely he will simply just want Debuchy out of Arsenal. It’s unfortunate that things never really worked out for the Frenchman, however if it wasn’t for his injury, we may have never uncovered the talent in Hector Bellerin.