Arsenal have confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy has joined Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season.
The French international had been unhappy with his lot at Arsenal for some time, complaining publicly about his lack of playing time, and highlighting his desire to leave. He’s now got his wish.
To some extent he’s been very unlucky, suffering a nasty ankle ligament injury against Man City in September 2014 in just his 4th Premier League appearance for the club.
He returned to action in December, but in January suffered another bad injury when Stoke’s LIDL Imbrahimovic, Marko Arnautovic, pushed him while he was off his feet into the advertising hoardings. He suffered a dislocated collar bone which required surgery to fix. That opened the door for Hector Bellerin to stake a claim for the right-back position, and the young Spaniard hasn’t looked back since.
While recovering from the second injury, which left him feeling ‘destroyed and embarrassed‘ according to Arsene Wenger, he outlined his guilt and not being able to play for his new club.
“Inevitably, in your head, you’re not feeling great, you feel guilty,” he said. “When a club signs you they’re counting on you and in return, I’ve not brought anything.”
He began the first game of the season against West Ham when Bellerin was absent through a minor injury, but has been unable to force his way back into the first team reckoning on a consistent basis.
With Euro 2016 taking place in France this summer, he’s been vocal about his need to play regular football, and seems to have accepted quite quickly that it’s not going to happen for him at Arsenal without something calamitous happening to Bellerin.
His lack of fight has been a little disappointing, but when you look at how unfortunate he was in his first season, it’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him.
Good luck to him at Bordeaux.