Mathieu Debuchy looks set for a season in Arsenal’s reserves if he can’t find a new club in the next four weeks.
Arsenal are having a problem shifting their unwanted players this summer. Several of them are on big wages but have no value or form whatsoever, which is putting off potential buyers. One such player that seems to be sticking around is Mathieu Debuchy.
The French right-back has been allowed to leave Arsenal for a good couple of years, but a combination of injuries and high wages have prevented a permanent move from happening. He was due for a medical at Ligue 1 side Nice, but his wage demands proved to be too high.
There’s now a feeling that Debuchy is just going to hang around now and play reserve football until his contract runs out.
— Mathieu debuchy (@MatDebuchy) August 2, 2017
It’s a frustrating situation for the club, who want the player off their wage bill so they can reinvest in a replacement. Debuchy signed for Arsenal in 2014 and looked set to be the new first choice right-back after Bacary Sagna departed for Manchester City.
However, an unfortunately-timed injury ruled him out for most of that season and Hector Bellerin became first-choice in his absence. Once the young Spaniard was settled, there was no chance of Debuchy getting his starting spot back.
Arsenal could do with right-back cover ahead of the new season, but Debuchy’s age, questionable fitness and decline in pace makes him ill-suited to the new wing-back role the Gunners are using.