Should West Brom make a January move for Arsenal outcast Mathieu Debuchy?


Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy could seek a move away from the club in January.

Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy has been one of the most unlucky footballers over the past 18 months, with an immediate long-term injury scuppering his chances at the Emirates.

The France international joined the Gunners from Newcastle United in the summer of 2014, replacing Bacary Sagna who opted to leave North London to join Manchester City.

Debuchy was highly-rated at Newcastle, and thus he was deemed a decent replacement for Sagna.

However, he picked up a long-term injury early on in his Emirates career, and another shortly after returning to the fold, and in his absence Hector Bellerin has come in, surpassed all expectations and nailed down a regular spot at right-back.

Debuchy, 30, has barely featured since his return from injury, making just two league Premier League appearances this season and another four both in Europe and the League Cup.

Ahead of the European Championships next summer, Debuchy needs to be playing regularly and he recently told reporters for the Daily Mail that he may have to consider a January switch.

“Everything is clear. I need more game time and that is why I will have to discuss the topic with the coach soon. We will see what offers there are between now and January, if there are any,” he said.

While there aren’t that many Premier League teams in need of reinforcing their right-back options, West Bromwich Albion are quite light and a loan deal would represent good business.

The Baggies have defended superbly this season, yet Tony Pulis has played Craig Dawson – predominantly a centre-back – out at right-back on a number of occasions.

Whether this is by design is questionable, yet what is clear is that the team lack an attacking threat from that area and Pulis has no alternatives other the out of favour Cristian Gamboa.

Would Debuchy be too attacking for West Brom boss Pulis? Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean that the 30-year-old couldn’t adapt his style of play and become a little more defensive.

Right-back is a potential area of concern for the Baggies, and with Debuchy making little headway at Arsenal – excluded from the squad in the past two matches – a loan switch could be ideal.

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