Mathieu Debuchy will stay at Arsenal this summer – report
As reported by Get French Football News (via Canal Plus), Spanish club Espanyol had made an offer for Debuchy, but the right-back will instead stay at Arsenal until at least January 2017, looking to get back in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.
The 31-year-old, who earns £60,000-a-week (via Mirror), moved to north London in 2014 off the back of an excellent spell at Newcastle United, but he’s since suffered badly with injuries, falling down the pecking order as a result. In his absence, Hector Bellerin established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back, comfortably slotting into their back-line.
With his first-team opportunities limited last season, Debuchy returned to France in the 2016 winter transfer window, joining Bordeaux on loan. The French international enjoyed a run of games in Ligue 1, helping the club to an 11th place finish, but many subsequently believed he could be on his way out of the Emirates this summer.
However following Calum Chambers’ loan move to Middlesbrough on Tuesday, Debuchy is now the only other recognised right-back in Arsenal’s squad behind Bellerin, meaning he could gain some game time in the next few months covering the young Spaniard.
In his nine Ligue 1 appearances last season, the 31-year-old averaged seven defensive actions-per-game and won 51% of his average duels, creating three chances and with an average pass accuracy of 77%.
As for Arsenal, they’ve made an inconsistent start to the new campaign, sitting on four points from their opening three Premier League games, but they did register their first win at the weekend, beating Watford 3-1 thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Next up for the Gunners after the international break is a home clash with Southampton, before their opening Champions League fixture at Paris Saint-Germain.