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Mathieu Debuchy is firm on leaving Arsenal in January, failing which would be a massive blow to his chances of making the France squad for the upcoming European Championship. The Frenchman has fallen out of favour at the Emirates, with Hector Bellerin making the right-back position his own after a series of brilliant performances over the past couple of seasons.
Debuchy was out injured for a major part of last season, owing to two unfortunate incidents against Manchester City and Stoke City. He fell awkwardly and suffered two freak injuries which kept him out for a major part of the campaign. Bellerin grabbed his chance with both hands and Debuchy found himself being relegated to the bench, making odd appearances in cup competitions and whenever the Spaniard was out injured.
The Frenchman, who made his move from Newcastle last season, is disenchanted at the lack of opportunities afforded to him and has talked to Aston Villa manager Remi Garde to help engineer a move to Villa Park and revive his career. The former Lyon manager is struggling to save Villa from relegation and a move for Debuchy would be a win win situation for both.
When asked if Villa Park is a possible destination, Debuchy said: "It's true, they are among the teams interested in me. I am currently studying everything but it's not a possibility I have excluded. Whatever happens, even if it is to return this summer and then start again, I have to go this winter. I cannot stay at Arsenal," as quoted by the Guardian.
"I do not know who is responsible. Last year I got injured and I've been away a long time and Bellerín played some good matches. This summer, I had a good preparation and I was able to resume the season – but the coach decided otherwise.
"It is very hard, I went through difficult times. This is the first time I find myself in this situation. Playing a match every two months, that's not possible," he added,