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Another Arsenal man could be set for potential departure

Some of the Arsenal fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern had forgotten that this defender was still with the Gunners…

Mathieu Debuchy has had a rough time of it at Arsenal since joining the club in 2014.

He impressed during his first few weeks with the Gunners, cementing his place on the right-hand side of the defence – and the Arsenal faithful here in the Tavern were boldly claiming that he was the signing of the summer.

However, a long-term knee injury in September of the same year would keep him out for much of the season – and in his absence, Hector Bellerin came in and excelled on the right-hand side.

With no first team role in sight, Debuchy spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan in France with Bordaeux – and now it looks like he could make a permanent move away from the club.

According to the Mirror, La Liga outfit Espanyol are keen on the defender – and could be set to launch a deadline-day move.

They add that both Arsenal and Debuchy himself are keen on a deal, and our bar staff think that that could prove crucial in any forthcoming deal for the French defender.

They do not specify if the move will be a short-term or permanent move, but our landlord thinks that a last-minute loan deal is the most likely outcome – especially given Debuchy’s lack of game-time in recent months.

Significantly, Debuchy has been suffering with a calf injury so far this summer, and whilst the Mirror do suggest that it could slow proceedings somewhat – our landlord doesn’t think it will be a deal breaker.

The majority of the punters here in the Football Transfer Tavern have forgotten how good Debuchy is, so let us provide you with a quick reminder…

Injuries have definitely halted his career somewhat – but there is no denying how good Debuchy is when he’s on his game.

Espanyol’s reported interest comes at a difficult time for the Arsenal faithful here in the Football Transfer Tavern. Both Gabriel and Mertesacker are out with long-term injuries, and whilst the signing of Shkodran Mustafi has added a bit of manpower to the Arsenal back line – they are still short for defensive depth.

However, with no game time in sight for Debuchy – our landlord thinks that a move definitely makes sense…

Arsenal fans – how would you feel about a Debuchy departure? Does that leave you short at the back?

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