What will Arsenal do with want-away Debuchy?

No buyer for Mathieu Debuchy?

Arsenal’s forgotten man Mathieu Debuchy made an appearance for the Gunners in their opening pre-season match against Lens on Friday, with the Frenchman playing the first half before being withdrawn. It was a shock to see his name in the line up given that it has been suggested he will be exiting the Emirates this summer, so have Arsenal been unable to find a buyer?

Arsenal and French international Mathieu Debuchy was bought from Newcastle United in 2014 as a replacement for the outgoing Bacary Sagna. Only a short period into the campaign however, Debuchy was ruled out with injury and Hector Bellerin stood up to take his place by storm. Bellerin hasn’t put a foot wrong since and Debuchy was therefore left frustrated on the sidelines. A lack of action for the Frenchman last year saw him secure a loan away from Arsenal, joining up with Ligue One side Bordeaux, before returning to Arsenal this summer.

It was common knowledge that the 30 year old was back in pre-season training with Arsenal, but it wasn’t expected for him to be a part of any friendly matches, given that it was highly anticipated he would be leaving The Gunners before the season starts. Now it seems however that he could be a part of Arsene Wenger’s plans for the upcoming season and although there’s little chance Debuchy will displace Bellerin, perhaps Wenger would prefer to keep Debuchy and send Jenkinson out on loan again?

There has been no real reports surrounding Debuchy in the media in regards any potential buyers for the Frenchman, however Debuchy has outwardly spoken that he has considered if his future still lies with Arsenal. Suggesting that he would move on from the Emirates if given the opportunity, I think Arsenal should look to sell up. Surely there must be some club willing to take Debuchy this summer, unless Wenger doesn’t want to get rid of him, but in my opinion it seems much more practical to keep a younger and arguably more talented Carl Jenkinson, that it does to keep an ageing, out of form Mathieu Debuchy.

Debuchy did seem relatively impressive in the first half against Lens, making a lot of forward runs as well as tough tackles at the back, however it’s not enough to convince me that he has a future at the club.

Should Arsenal sell Debuchy this summer or do you think the Frenchman is in Le Prof’s plans for the season?



  1. Chambers needs to go out on loan. Who backs up Bellerin? Holding? Arsenal needs a strong full roster.

  2. I’ts all about money.
    Debuchy 12 mill Chambers 16 mill
    replaced Sagna who was forced out.
    Now Arsenal is stuck with 2 flops.
    That’s why Wenger is buying El cheapos
    like Holding to cover up the mess he made.
    Same up front where flops Wellbeck Sanogo
    and 8 mill a season Walcott mean Wenger bought Japanese
    shirt sales man Asano while still trying to get cut price deals on top strikers.
    Spending as little good money after bad.

    1. first and foremost sagna was not forced out of the club. his contract ran out and decided not to sig a new contract because man city offered him a longer deal. It is hard for me to call debuchy a flob simply for the fact that he never got to really play for any period of time. he got two long term injuries that kept him out for the best part of a season. when he finally got back bellerin was doing so well in that position the he could not be dropped based on form.
      Calling chambers a flop is harsh imo the half season he played in his debut season he was solid. his form dipped a little and he lost his place to bellerin while both koscielny & per we finally fit again plus the addition of gabriel and emergence of bellerin made playing time hard to come by for him. He is definatly one for the future.
      Chambers just turned 21, Holding is 20 and gabriel will be 26 in november. BFG will be 32 in sept (out of contract at the end of the season), koscielny will be 31 in september (also in last year of his contract). chambers will get his chance

  3. I don’t blame Wenger for getting Debuchy
    Its easy to blame him now in hindsight
    At the time Debuchy was being chosen ahead of Sagna on the French Squad
    Initially he played very well for us. He even played well as CB a few times
    However, Bellerin is better. Bellerin being chosen ahead of Debuchy got to his head and he wanted to leave. His performance got worse and worse.

    Now, its better to sell him and purchase a quality backup
    Chambers should not play RB
    Jenkinson should be 3rd backup or go on loan again

    In my opinion, Wenger/Club should have paid Sagna £100,000 per week that he wanted
    He is an excellent RB
    It made more sense than paying Walcott £140,000 per week

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