Deal agreed: Arsenal finalise move for £12m star, personal terms under discussion


Arsenal have reportedly agreed on a loan deal with Turkish giants Galatasaray for full-back Mathieu Debuchy, according to reports in the Express.

The Frenchman’s game time at Arsenal became limited after the emergence of Bellerin and coupled that with some pretty mediocre performances in the first half of the season, he was shipped out on loan to Bordeaux in January.

A few weeks back some reports indicated that the defender might return to Bordeaux, but according to Goal France that might not be the case.

The latest report claims that the North London club have agreed to send Debuchy on loan to Galatasaray until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old is now deemed surplus to requirements by Arsene Wenger, and according to Turkish journalist Gokmen Ozdemir has also confirmed the deal while also claiming that the deal now is now up to Debuchy to discuss personal terms.

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The Frenchman has three years left on his contract at Arsenal i.e. until 2019 but has played just 12 Premier League games for the club since joining from Newcastle United in July 2014 for £12m. He was viewed as a potential replacement for fellow Frenchman Bacary Sagna who joined Manchester City after the latter’s contract with the Gunners expired.

While Debuchy enjoyed a positive start to life at the Emirates Stadium, a host of injury problems meant that the right-back was unable to earn regular first-team football. In addition, the rapid emergence of the  talented 20-year old Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin meant that he would struggle for minutes on the pitch even following his return from injury.

It is not surprising that so many reports claim that he is likely to leave, considering he must be now looking for more game time. It is believed that Debuchy, who didn’t make Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad due to a Hamstring injury picked up in May this year, favors a return to Bordeaux. The player has previously cited his concern over a lack of playing time at Arsenal in January, and revealed France could be his next destination.

There was a lot of hope and in fact a sense of relief, when Debuchy came on as Sagna left. However, in the one and a half seasons he has spent with Arsenal, he has not been as effective both due to his injuries and the emergence of Bellerin. As a fan , I genuinely feel  for him because when he moved to Arsenal from Newcastle everyone expected him to perform exceptionally. Unfortunately, he has had terrible luck with injuries. In case he moves from Arsenal let us wish that he stays injury free and excels in his career.

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