Arsene Wenger admits Mathieu Debuchy could leave Arsenal in January, although the manager has stressed he’d be happy for his compatriot to stay at the Emirates.
The right-back lost his place to Hector Bellerin last season after suffering two long-term injuries and has been increasingly frustrated by his lack of game time this year.
Afraid he’ll miss out on next summer’s European Championships in France, the 30-year-old has spoken openly about his desire to nail down regular first team football even if means quitting the Gunners prematurely.
Debuchy has been linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion and old club Newcastle while a return to Ligue 1 has also been mooted.
It remains to be seen whether an exit is on a permanent basis or not, Wenger only telling his weekly press conference that a move, “is not impossible” in January. He added: “We’ll see. I’m happy if he stays. But we’ll see.”
Arseblog News did learn that Debuchy was due to start the game against Bournemouth on Monday only to be replaced in the starting lineup at the last minute by Bellerin. The Frenchman was an unused substitute.
Having paid £12 million to Newcastle in July 2014 it looks as though we’ll be taking a financial hit.