Arsenal defender set for exit



Mathieu Debuchy is to be sold to Aston Villa soon according to the Birmingham Mail.

The French international has found it difficult to find regular playing time at Arsenal ever since Hector Bellerin’s breakout year in 2015 saw the 20-year-old rapidly rise to one of the highest rated defenders in Europe, and ultimately see Debuchy demote to the bench.

Roma have expressed an interest in the 30-year-old, however Remi Garde has promised Debuchy regular first-team football, and Debuchy is keen to stay in England.

Garde admitted last week that he has spoken to Arsene Wenger about obtaining the services of Debuchy, saying: “When I speak to Arsene it’s not as a friend, it’s business. “I had a conversation with him a few days ago and Debuchy was among those we talked about.”

Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has admitted that the future of central midfielder Granit Xhaka is up in the air, with Arsenal being one of the teams keen to sign the talented Swiss.

Eberl said: “There are always situations where every club has to think of each option, “It [a possible sale of Xhaka] depends partly on our sporting success. It depends on the performances of Granit and of course on the price. “As of today we are glad that he is with us and hope that he stays for a long time. “There’s no number [a price threshold] for me.”