Mathieu Debuchy leaves Arsenal and signs short-term deal with Saint-Etienne

The 32-year-old spent three-and-a-half years at the Emirates but found first-team chances in the Premier League hard to come by and this season he had been restricted to just seven appearances in cup competitions.

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Earlier today it was reported that the Frenchman had asked the Gunners to terminate his contract 18 months early in order to complete his move to France and now Saint-Etienne have confirmed the deal.

“I am very happy and proud to join AS Saint-Etienne,” he told the club’s website. “I had good discussions with coach Jean-Louis Gasset. I felt that he really wanted me and our exchanges convinced me to come here.

“I want to have fun on the field and help the team of Saint-Etienne to find a better place in the league. Knowing several players like Loic Perrin, Remy Cabella, Yann M’Vila and Stephane Ruffier will facilitate my integration.

“The club has made a good recruitment and we can achieve great things in this second half of the season. I can not wait to play Geoffroy-Guichard where there is a wonderful atmosphere.”

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