Arsenal right-back leaves for Ligue 1 on loan
Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy has officially joined Bordeaux on loan for the remainder of the season, following interest from Aston Villa and Sunderland.
The 30-year-old, who has struggled for game time at the Emirates this season, has agreed to move to Ligue 1 for the rest of the season in order to bolster his chances of getting into the France squad for Euro 2016.
Debuchy claims Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had given him assurances about his opportunities at the club this season, but has managed just seven appearances this campaign.
Arsenal confirmed the move on their Twitter page by saying: “Good luck to @MatDebuchy, who has joined Bordeaux on loan for the rest of the season.”
No permanent move
Debuchy will not have the option of joining the Ligue 1 outfit on a permanent basis following his loan spell and is expected to return to Arsenal and fight for Hector Bellerin’s starting birth at right-back.
Relegation-threatened Aston Villa and Sunderland had been linked with loan moves for Debuchy, while Manchester United were surprisingly interested in the Frenchman.