Arsenal right back Mathieu Debuchy’s switch to Saint-Etienne has been confirmed as a permanent move by the London club.
Sky Sports had reported last night that the Frenchman had only joined the Ligue One outfit on loan, but the Frenchman has finally departed the club after a difficult four year stay at the Emirates.
Debuchy was close to a move to Nice last summer, but the transfer fell through at the last minute when the French side opted to sign Christophe Jallet from Lyon instead.
In the mean time, the 32 year old was afforded some game time by manager Arsene Wenger with four starts in the Europa League group stages, and three run outs in domestic cup competitions.
The former France international signed for the Gunners from Newcastle in 2014, but a succession of injuries, and the emergence of Hector Bellerin, restricted his playing time.
The Daily Mail say that Arsenal actually terminated Debuchy’s contract in order to allow the free transfer move to Saint-Etienne to go ahead.