By Aramide Oladipo
Ligue 1 outfit Marseille are interested in signing Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy during the final weeks of the summer transfer window, according to a report.
France Football claims that the 33-year-old is no longer part of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s plans this season.
This follows up from the story in the Daily Mail which reported that Wenger had placed Debuchy on the list of fringe players that would be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The publication reports that Marseille manager Rudi Garcia is a fan of the full-back as they have worked together in the past during a spell with Lille where they managed to win the 2011 league title.
The report claims that the nine-time French champions believe the Frenchman would provide competition for current preferred right-back choice Hiroki Sakai.
The France international suffered an injury-hit campaign last season and he only managed to feature for 16 minutes in Arsenal’s 3-1 home win over Bournemouth in November.
Since completing a permanent deal to the North London club three years ago, the defender has been unable to make the desired impact and he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the starting eleven.
Debuchy currently has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
Football Insider verdict
Arsenal will surely be delighted that a club has shown an interest in a player who has disappointed throughout his spell in North London. Debuchy has simply not been up to standard and if Marseille are serious about their interest, the Gunners should not hesitate in offloading him. Arsenal should try and negotiate a transfer as quickly as possible as the received money might help them to get a couple of their own deals over the line before the end of the transfer window. With Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recently impressing in the full-back role, it is fair to say that the Gunners fans will not be disappointed to see the back of Debuchy.
In other Arsenal news, Cascarino has delivered a damning verdict on the Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper.