I cannot help but feel a bit sorry for the France international right back Mathieu Debuchy, whose move to Arsenal from Newcastle United has been nothing short of a disaster. A lot of these troubles have been no fault of his own, with a number of injury problems and the rapid emergence of the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin wrecking his chances of being a first team regular, but his own attitude about the situation has not helped either.
That is why, I think, Arsene Wenger was willing to let him go back to France on loan with Bordeaux and why our manager is willing to let him leave again this summer. However, I do get the impression that Wenger would rather the move was a permanent one and that seems to be stopping Debuchy getting the move he desires.
But with the transfer window about to close, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for the 31-year old defender, or two lights if the Metro report about the interest in him is correct. The paper claims that the Spanish La Liga club Espanyol who are now managed by the former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores are keen on signing Debuchy, while the rumours from Italy are that Frank De Boer wants him to join Inter Milan.
It is not clear whether either of these deals would be permanent but Debuchy is still young enough and has a lot to offer, so we can only hope.