By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mathieu Debuchy has revealed it took just 30 minutes to agree a deadline day move to Bordeaux after a month-long transfer limbo.
The France international was desperate to quit Arsenal in the January window to keep alive his Euro 2016 hopes.
But Debuchy thought all loan avenues had been closed at the start of deadline day after Arsenal and Aston Villa had failed to reach agreement on a deal until the end of the season.
With Sunderland dropping their interest and Arsene Wenger blocking a move from rival giants Manchester United, Debuchy thought he would be staying until Bordeaux’s late swoop.
“It all happened very quickly,” the right-back told French media on Tuesday. “When I got up on Monday morning, I didn’t think I was leaving anymore because a lot of doors were shut on me.
“I went to see the coach (Wenger) one last time, I showed him Bordeaux’s offer and after that it was all taken care of in half an hour.”
Debuchy pushed hard for a move away from Arsenal after losing his starting place to Hector Bellerin and there is a strong possibility that he has now played his last match for Wenger’s team.
He explained how difficult it it has been to have been frozen out this season.
“First of all, what I’m expecting is to find joy again, because these last few months I haven’t had much joy as a football player.
“If I’d stayed at Arsenal without playing, I don’t think I would have been part of the squad and that’s normal.
“That’s why I came here, to play as much as possible, enjoy myself, give as much as possible to Bordeaux so they can reach their objectives and to play in the Euro in France.”
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners had a deadline day-bid for emerging England star Ryan Sessegnon rejected by Fulham.