Official: Mathieu Debuchy joins Saint Etienne

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It has been confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy has left Arsenal to join Saint Etienne (the football team…not band) in a permanent move.

The France international was signed from Newcastle United in July 2014 as a replacement for Bacary Sagna only to endure an injury-ravaged first season at the Emirates.

A bad ankle injury followed by a dislocated shoulder left him sidelined for months. In his absence, Arsene Wenger turned to Hector Bellerin and the Spaniard has been our first choice right-back ever since.

Debuchy’s reaction to his change of circumstances was to push for a move. Arsenal turned down a bid from Manchester United in January 2016 before allowing him to join Bordeaux on loan. He’s since been linked with a number of clubs but his high wages have been a stumbling block.

It’s believed that Arsenal have let Debuchy leave for Saint Etienne on a free transfer despite the fact he’s still got more than a year left on his current contract.

He leaves the club with just 30 appearances to his name, 15 of them coming his first season.

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