Debuchy “cannot stay at Arsenal” as defender linked with Aston Villa

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Mathieu Debuchy‘s time at the Emirates looks to be coming to an end, as the defender said he “cannot stay at Arsenal” past the January transfer window.

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Debuchy has only gotten one start in the Premier League this season after starting the first match of the year. His last appearance for the Gunners was on November 24 as a late substitute in the Champions League.

While he did miss a good period of time through injury, Debuchy is keen to move away from Arsenal in order to get more playing time.

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Speaking to French news outlet L’Equipe, the right-back said he feels he has “lost six months” of his career. He also said he has been in contact with Aston Villa about a possible move to Premier League’s bottom side.

Clearly I have lost six months.

I would have preferred to have left last summer, but the coach told me I would have my chance. It was not the case.

[Aston Villa] are among the teams who want me. I am looking at everything, but it is not an option I have ruled out. It could be a great challenge.

Even if they are currently in trouble, Aston Villa are one of the big English clubs. I also had the coach on the phone.

The conversation went well. Whatever happens, even if it is to come back here in the summer and leave again, I have to leave this winter. I cannot stay at Arsenal.

Debuchy joined Arsenal from Newcastle in 2014 for nearly $20 million, but has struggled to stay healthy, making just 22 total appearances for the Gunners.

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After starting in four of France’s five World Cup matches in 2014, Debuchy is now in danger of losing his spot on the national team with his limited minutes at Arsenal. With EURO 2016 coming up in June hosted by France, Debuchy will be eager to get back onto the pitch and regain his position in the national setup.