Mathieu Debuchy, who has lost his place in the Arsenal side to Héctor Bellerin, and has been left out of France's most recent national team selection, will be allowed to leave the club in January. When asked about the situation, Arsène Wenger confirmed that it is "not impossible" that Debuchy leaves the club.
The Daily Mail report that Debuchy, who has spoken at least three times to French media about his lack of playing time, has indeed asked to leave, with Roma, managed by Rudi Garcia, his old manager at Lille, and Lyon interested.
The signing of Debuchy has not gone as planned. Injured twice last season, the Frenchman, who joined for £12m returned very much out of form, and only played once at the end of last season, in the FA Cup semi-final against Reading. When he has filled in for Héctor Bellerín this season, he has performed well below par, with the 30-year old seemingly lacking the knowledge of what positions to take up while playing right back. Debuchy has just played twice in the Premier League this season, both of which being games Arsenal did not win, and also started in losses to Sheffield Wednesday, Bayern Munich and Dinamo Zagreb.
With Bacary Sagna back to his best at Manchester City, Didier Deschamps has finally given him the starting role that he has always deserved. Debuchy faces a fight to get into the France side ahead of Euro 2016, and to have any chance, he probably does have to leave Arsenal.
If Debuchy does leave, Arsenal will have enough cover for Bellerín, with Calum Chambers an able deputy, and Francis Coquelin and Mathieu Flamini also capable enough at right back.