Debuchy: Arsenal would have let me go for free

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Mathieu Debuchy says Arsenal would have let him go for free this summer, but prospective moves to Nice and Brighton broke down.

The French international has admitted his wages might be a problem for some clubs but showed a willingness to compromise in that regard.

In an interview with L’Equipe, he was asked about his future but seemed unclear as to what his prospects were.

“I don’t know what will happen because this summer the coach would have let me leave without a transfer fee,” he said.

“I wanted to find an exit door, but sadly, it was not possible. Brighton enquired in the last few days of the transfer window. But that came to nothing. I cannot predict the future.

“Some clubs are maybe scared that I haven’t played for a while. Maybe my salary is also a problem although I am ready to make an effort on that.

“I am going to give my best and we will see. I am taking the initiative.

“I am training with the professionals during the week and I am playing with the youngsters at the weekend. I am not the future.”

Sport Witness have details of how his potential move back to Ligue 1 broke down, but there may well be a chance for him to play in the Europa League and EFL Cup this season, and that may be enough to attract some interest in the January window.

He also suggested he could play in the back three as one of the centre-halves, but it remains to be seen how much faith Arsene Wenger is willing to place in him.

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