Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy has been told by the Gunners that he is free to leave the club before the end of the transfer window, reports the Mirror.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference for the game against Southampton yesterday, Arsene Wenger all but confirmed the news:
“What I just want to say is he (Debuchy) is fully fit now and so he is available to play and maybe even to have an experience somewhere else.”
The 31-year-old has been out of action since November after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening minutes of the league match against Bournemouth.
The Mirror reports that the full back has been given permission to search for his next club with a return to France the most likely possibility. Marseille is the player’s likeliest destination.
The club’s manager Rudi Garcia worked with Debuchy when he was boss at Lille before the Frenchman left to join Newcastle United. French newspaper Le Parisien reported back in late December that Marseille were monitoring the defender’s situation at the Emirates. The Ligue One side could now make their move.