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Mathieu Debuchy has asked Arsenal to cancel his contract so he can complete a transfer to St Etienne, according to reports. The Arsenal defender has endured a dismal season and has yet to make a single appearance in the Premier League for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger blocked a switch to Manchester United in 2016, but Debuchy is hopeful the Arsenal boss will agree to release him from his deal so as to accommodate a return to France.
The former France international Debuchy began his career at Lille where he won the Lique 1 and cup double in 2011, before moving to England in 2013 to join Newcastle. The Daily Mail claim Debuchy has already agreed personal terms with St Etienne and is desperate to secure a switch in the coming days. Should Arsenal release Debuchy from his current deal, the full-back will be free to join a new side even after the transfer window closes tonight at 11pm.
Debuchy has come to terms with St Etienne over a six-month contract, but needs Arsenal’s backing to complete the move. The 32-year-old has 18 months left on his Arsenal deal, but has been used sparingly by Arsenal and wants to secure a quick exit. Debuchy has started seven cup games this season, but has made the bench on once in the league so far.