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Wenger confirms benched star will leave Arsenal with several clubs interested

PUBLISHED: 11:53 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 29 January 2016

Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal  (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will allow Mathieu Debuchy to leave the club before the transfer window shuts on Monday.

Arsenal signed French international Debuchy in the summer of 2014 but the full-back has had a difficult 18 months at the Emirates Stadium.

He began the 2014/15 season as the club’s first-choice right-back but lost his place due to injury and was replaced by Hector Bellerin.

Bellerin has gone from strength to strength since he emerged in the first team and the 20-year-old’s form has made Debuchy expendable for Wenger.

The likes of Aston Villa and Sunderland have been linked with a move for Debuchy, who wants regular football to earn himself a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad, and Wenger admits the Frenchman could leave the club before Monday’s transfer deadline.

“Mathieu Debuchy might go somewhere but I don’t know where at the moment,” Wenger said.

“That decision must be quick because there’s only 48 hours to go.

“There is much interest but I have a number of people who can play right back so I open the door for him.”

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