Reports say Arsenal have accepted a bid from Turkish giants Galatasary for the loan move of Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy to Galatasary.
The former Newcastle defender spent half of last season with French side Bordeaux after dropping down the ladder with the emergence of exciting prospect Hector Bellerin.
Debuchy was hoping for a regular playing time when he agreed to join Les Girondins but injury struck and he ended up with only nine appearances in Ligue 1 during his stay.
Considering his situation with Arsenal hasn’t changed with Bellerin favoured ahead of him, the 31 year old was tipped to return to France for the upcoming season until reports in his native country pointed that an agreement with Galatasaray had been agreed.
The player currently in Norway with the rest of the Arsenal squad featured in yesterday’s 8-0 whitewash of Viking FK. He still has three years left on his contract but hasn’t made a competitive appearance for Gunners since January.
Debuchy arrived Arsenal in 2014 for an undisclosed fee on the back of impressive performances in the previous season for Newcastle which made him the target of other top clubs as well.
Manager Arsene Wenger’s plan was for his compatriot to replace former right back Bacary Sagna who that year left for Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.
Unfortunately for the player who forced his transfer from the reluctant Toons who were keen to keep him, the experience hasn’t gone the way he expected with injuries and lack of playing time the major hinderances.
He got injured at the beginning of last season which forced Wenger to turn to academy graduate Bellerin for help and since then Bellerin has kept the first team shirt
Academy graduate Bellerin is hugely seen as perfect for the position and the Arsenal style, he’s not only younger than Debuchy but possesses more qualities needed for the flanks like pace and ability to cross the ball well.
Manchester United having their own issues under Louis Van Gaal tried to take the Frenchman on loan which was blocked by Wenger who insisted he wouldn’t strengthen a direct rival.
Debuchy was angry at Wenger’s decision and was eager to move away with his eyes on the Euro 2016 tournament where he was hoping to represent his country alongside other top stars.
As things stand, a move away from Arsenal represents the best option for the former Lille player considering his position in Arsenal is far from tenable, he could resurrect his career with Galatasaray which could earn him a permanent move either with the Turkish side or elsewhere.