Debuchy Gets Arsenal Exit At Long Last

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Arsenal continue to reshape their squad and allowed Mathieu Debuchy to join Saint Etienne on a free transfer, reports L’Equipe.

The 32-year-old right back endured a miserable time at the Emirates where injury curtailed first-team opportunities and allowed Hector Bellerin, 22, to blossom in the starting line-up.

Having spent time at Bordeaux on loan during 2015/16, leaving Arsenal has been a long time coming. Debuchy featured in the Carabao Cup and Europa League this season but as Arsenal progress to the business end of both competitions, the former France international finds himself once again on the periphery.

Debuchy hopes that signing for Les Verts will reignite his slim chances of being selected for Didier Deschamps France squad for the summer’s World Cup finals. It was the same thinking which took him back to Girondins two years ago when he hoped to be included in Deschamps Euro 2016 squad.

It was flawed thinking then and unless there is a significant upturn in his fortunes, will be the same again this time.

His attitude is never questioned though. Understandably bitter over the injuries which blighted his Arsenal career, he continues to hope for the best and deserves a break in his luck after such misfortune.