By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
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Arsenal will complete the loan transfer of Mathieu Debuchy in the January window after telling the right-back he can leave for the rest of the season.
Debuchy is weighing up his options after holding talks with Aston Villa and Sunderland, while there is also interest from Bayer Leverkusen.
An Arsenal source has told Football Insider that the club have agreed loan terms with both Villa and Sunderland, and the Frenchman will be left to choose his destination.
This comes after Carl Jenkinson’s second season-long loan at West Ham abruptly ended on Tuesday when it was revealed that he has torn his cruciate ligament and will not play again in 2015/16.
It had been speculated that the English right-back could be recalled to Emirates Stadium in the January window to provide cover for Hector Bellerin if Debuchy left.
But an Arsenal source has told Football Insider that was never an option for the Gunners as there is no recall clause in his West Ham loan deal.
Nevertheless, Debuchy has been given the green light to leave on loan this month, with Calum Chambers and Mathieu Flamini to provide back-up to Bellerin.
Football Insider revealed at the end of last month that Villa had opened preliminary talks with the Gunners about signing Debuchy until the end of the season.
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Debuchy is concerned about Villa’s position at the foot of the Premier League table but recognises he needs regular first-team action to guarantee himself a place in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the Gunners are hopeful of completing a double deal for Nigerian sensations Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze before the January window shuts.
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