It almost seems a certainty that Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy will be leaving the Emirates this January. However, should the Gunners be doing more to persuade him to stay and will they miss their solid right-back if he does indeed move on?
Debuchy made the £12m switch to Arsenal in 2014, after impressing for 18 months at Newcastle United. But, after an injury-blighted time in north London, the Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order, and as a consequence, wants out of the club.
Lack of starts
Debuchy has only made just 12 Premier League starts for the Gunners, and with the excellent emergence of Hector Bellerin and with Callum Chambers on the periphery of the first-team, the 30-year-old’s days in an Arsenal shirt certainly look to be numbered.
However, should Arsene Wenger be doing more to persuade his fellow countryman to stay and fight for his place at the Emirates? On his day, Debuchy is an astute and solid defender.
Whilst at St James’ Park, the right-back became a fans favourite on Tyneside, stacking up 43 Premier League games for the Magpies in the process. But whether he’s still got something to offer Arsenal is questionable.
Aston Villa interest
Still, at 30, Debuchy will be looking to secure first-team football elsewhere. Premier League strugglers Aston Villa are the latest club to be firmly linked with the France international.
Debuchy recently told L’Equipe; “It’s true, they are among the teams interested in me. I am currently studying everything but it’s not a possibility I have excluded.”
Maybe a switch to a side fighting for their Premier League lives would be a good move for Debuchy? The defender has never lacked fight or spirit, and a move to Villa Park could revitalise his footballing career.
A move away will be of benefit for all
In summary, although Arsenal do have options in the right-back area, Debuchy is still a more than capable player for cover. Nonetheless, it looks as though he wants to be more than just a squad player.
His Arsenal career has never really taken off, so maybe a move away will benefit all parties involved in the long run.
Written by Gareth Hinton
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