Arsenal look to complete January move for £12m star


Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is reportedly attracting interest from French club Marseille, according to reports in Talk Sport.

The 31-year-old, who has 27 caps for his country made his first appearance for the Gunners this season over the weekend in the game against Bournemouth but was forced off in the first 15 mins after suffering a hamstring injury.

According to reports in France, Marseille manager Garcia wants to add some much needed experience to his struggling side, with the 31-year-old at the top of his list.

The Frenchman who has been thriving for some first team football to make it back to the national team, could be set for a reunion with his old boss Garcia who he was successful with at Lille having won a league and cup double.

Wenger wants to keep hold of the £12m star, but considering Debcuhy’s national team ambitions its likely that he will leave once an opportunity presents itself.

Debuchy’s Arsenal career has not gone to plan at the Emirates and although he initially looked as an astute purchase from Wenger, but a series of injuries hugely curtailed his development. The Frenchman lost his place to Hector Bellerin, and since the speeding Spaniard hasn’t looked back.

While Bellerin has enjoyed a fruitful past two and a half years at Arsenal, the same cannot be said about Debuchy. Having lost his place in the Arsenal starting line-up, he went on to lose his place in the French set up as well, much to his dismay.

He went on loan to Bordeaux at the start of the year, but the French club didn’t excise the permanent transfer option in the summer leaving the experienced defender to play second fiddle to Bellerin.

With Jenkinson back from injury, it looks likely that Debuchy will most likely leave in January. This will benefit both parties, as the 31-year-old will get his required first team minutes and the Gunners will have a younger, hungrier right back in Jenkinson to compete with Bellerin.

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