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Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy “irritated” by failed transfer move this summer

Arsenal outcast Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that he was left irritated by his failed move to Nice during the summer transfer window.

The former French-international had been looking for a move away from Arsenal all summer long after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium and he was close to completing a move to Nice before the French outfit eventually backed down from the deal late into the transfer window.

Nice had been strongly linked with the right-back and were said to be on the verge of landing Debuchy but they pulled out of the prospective deal for the right-back, citing his high wage demands and the Ligue 1 side moved for Cristophe Jallet instead.

Now in a recent interview, the Arsenal outcast has revealed how the failed move to Nice has left him “irritated”. Speaking to L’Equipe, Debuchy said, “I had met Julien Fournier, the general manager of the club, in June in Monaco. We talked about everything to find out where I was then he asked me to meet the coach, which I agreed to.

“I even accepted to do physical tests, they were positive but afterwards, I didn’t have any news. Fournier could at least have sent me a message, warning me that in the end, I wasn’t their choice.

“It irritated me, it was not correct on their part but it didn’t surprise me too much. There are things in football that go beyond me.”

Debuchy moved to Arsenal from Newcastle in 2014 following couple of impressive seasons at St. James Park, where he was part of a large contingent of French players who almost led the club to the Champions League.

The former French international has enjoyed a promising start to life at Arsenal but consistent injuries took toll on him and as a result, the marauding full-back lost his first team place to the emerging Hector Bellerin.

Bellerin was only a teenager when he was asked to replace Debuchy after one of his injuries a few seasons ago and following a host of impressive performances, the Spaniard replaced the Frenchman as the first choice right-back for the Gunners.

Since the emergence of Bellerin, Debuchy has failed to make it back into the first team and Arsenal have already made it clear that he is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium.

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