In the closing phases of the transfer window, at a time when Arsenal have seen some first team regulars leave on loan, Arsenal have reportedly blocked a move for right back Mathieu Debuchy, to Espanyol or Fiorentina, two clubs who were interested in the French international. Debuchy was among the few players definitely expected to leave.
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How happy are we all with the transfer window now shut?
While we have all seen some new faces come in to the Arsenal side towards the end of the period, there have been some loan departures, and a permanent one, Arsenal’s most consistently unused high profile player Mathieu Debuchy is now going to stay at the club.
talkSPORT reported yesterday that Arsenal have refused to allow Debuchy to leave the club, either permanently or on loan. The most apparent reason for this is that Arsenal have Carl Jenkinson injured. With Calum Chambers having already left the club on loan, Debuchy’s departure would leave Arsenal with only one fit right back in Hector Bellerin till Jenkinson’s return in November.
What’s more? While most fans and experts around the world would believe and understand the Frenchman’s frustration at the not being allowed to go, the fact of the matter is that Debuchy is an intelligent, experienced player, who can be very useful in certain contexts.
Debuchy has also played at the heart of defense alongside Per Mertesacker at a time there was a centre back crisis in the 2014-15 season. While it is evident that Arsenal have done some business to fill in that position, injuries to Mertesacker and Gabriel, along with Chambers exiting for the season, leaves Arsenal with only 3 central defenders in Koscielny, Rob Holding and new boy Mustafi, at least till October ( for that is when Gabriel returns). In the event one of the these 3 are injured, Wenger would have the option of fielding Debuchy.
It could be possible that Wenger will allow the Frenchman to leave on loan or permanently in the January transfer window. For now, the manager does find some use for him.
It would be unfair if Debuchy does not get more game time than he deserves. There is no doubt that with Hector Bellerin in the team the chances of that happening are slim. However, a little rotation would do no harm, now that he has been told he is going nowhere.