Were Arsenal too soft in letting Debuchy leave?

The Arsenal and France star Mathieu Debuchy managed to get his wish and leave the Gunners on loan in a deal done in the last few hours of transfer deadline day. I can understand that it was frustrating for the right back to not be playing much and that he was worried about his place in the France team for the Euro 2016 tournament in his home country this summer.

But at the end of the day, he is an Arsenal player first and foremost and it is the Gunners that pay his very good salary, so I am not sure why he feels vindicated after Arsene Wenger allowed him to join Bordeaux on loan for the rest of the season, as a report in The Sun explains.

The French defender said, ““First of all, what I’m expecting is to find joy again, because these last few months I haven’t had much joy as a football player.

“I want to be back on the pitch, to touch the ball again … and further to that I need playing time in order to go to the Euro, which is one of my main objectives.

“If I’d stayed at Arsenal without playing, I don’t think I would have been part of the squad and that’s normal.

“That’s why I came here, to play as much as possible, enjoy myself, give as much as possible to Bordeaux to they can reach their objectives and to play in the Euro in France.

“It all happened very quickly. When I got up on Monday morning, I didn’t think I was leaving anymore because a lot of doors were shut on me.

“I went to see the coach (Wenger) one last time, I showed him Bordeaux’s offer and after that it was all taken care of in half an hour.

“We all know Bordeaux, the history of the club, all the players who have played here. I’ve played for Lille so I know a little about what it’s like here and I didn’t hesitate.”

The thing is, though, we paid a fair bit of money for him and with Arsenal still fighting on three fronts we need a strong squad. What happens now if Bellerin gets an injury? You see plenty of clubs hold on to players that want to leave, like the Berahino saga, but Arsenal always seem to give the players what they want.

Hopefully this decision will not come back to haunt us but were Arsenal too soft on Debuchy in the first place?

Are Arsenal set to get rid of another deadwood player?

In a summer that looks set to be revolving around change at Arsenal, Gooners will be pleased to see that we are finally getting a lot of the ‘deadwood’ players off the wage bill, however what is less exciting is the amount of incoming players in accordance to the endless speculation.

But looking at the way the summer as gone so far, since Arsenal ended their Premier League campaign back in May, it was always going to be a case of making sure we had all the players that were deemed as useless for the club off our books. and at the moment that seems to be very apparent and arguably successful. We’ve already seen the likes of Arshavin, Squillaci and Denilson released from their contracts, whilst Mannone and Djourou have also left the club. Bendtner is also soon touted to leave with several clubs apparently lining up for his signature, and so the next player that looks set to go is Arsenal striker Maroune Chamakh.

Chamakh signed with Arsenal back in 2010 in a free transfer deal from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux after his contract expired with the then French champions. He looked to be a good striker who would provide an excellent service either alongside Robin Van Persie or as back up to the Dutchman. The fact that we got him for free was particularly good, however a few years down the line and his £65k wages per week, will make you think otherwise.

But now Arsenal fans can be relieved if speculation is to be believed because according to several media outlets in both Spain and England, Chamakh is wanted by La Liga side Levante. The Spanish side are reportedly interested in a loan deal but with only 1 year left of Chamakh’s contract that would be a stupid decision to make and we should just look to sell him now and so there have been suggestions that Arsenal are willing to accept a fee as small as £1 million. The Frenchman himself has already admitted that he would take a paycut to make sure gets first team football.

Admittedly Chamakh had a good first season and impressed on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for him when Van Persie returned from injury he lost his place as well as his confidence and as an overall result he lost much of his goal scoring ability. Now with the 29 year old back in training with Arsenal after a loan at fellow London side West Ham, Arsene Wenger will be on the lookout for incoming offers, with the Moroccan almost certain to leave at some stage.

Bordeaux confirm they want Arsenal striker, but can they afford him?

Despite Chamakh’s recent love statement for Arsenal when he declared that he refuses to leave the ship and move on, his former club Bordeaux declared that the Morocco striker is still welcomed at the club if he’s ready to take a wage cut.

Bordeaux’s president Jean Louis Triaud declared that he’s eager to see Chamakh come back to the club that sold him to Arsenal in the first place.

“I have spoken with Marouane and told him that he is welcome at Bordeaux and that we still have room for him,” Triaud told RMC.

“The main problem will be financial because he has tasted the salaries in England and Arsenal will ask for a fee.
“Chamakh has told me that if he was to return to France, it would be at Bordeaux.”

Following Chamakh’s smoking incident Arsene Wenger wasn’t too happy about his situation at Arsenal, and the French manager declared that the striker’s situation has not yet be decided and that he might still leave in the summer despite his wishes to go on with the club.

With Podolski already a Gunner and another striker due to sign this summer, Chamakh’s situation at the club is not looking too bright.

Chamakh to be next to follow Arshavin away from Arsenal?

Arsenal’s spring cleaning continues and after Arsene Wenger decided to let Russian winger Andrey Arshavin return to Zenit, the Gunners are now ready to do the same in the case of Marouane Chamakh.

The Morroccan international striker joined Arsenal in 2010 but even though he was one of the hottest prospects in the French League 1 at the time he fell way short of expectations after he picked up an injury (or lack of confidence?) which kept him away from action for a long time.

In his time spent at Arsenal, Chamakh only scored 12 goals in 58 games and he’s now ready to leave the club after dropping down the pecking oreder after the arrival of Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, and possibly Chu-Young Park as well.

Chamakh wanted to leave in the winter, but the African Cup of Nations kept him away from Europe and unabled him to negotiate any move deals despite intense interest coming from abroad, but he made it clear that he would be looking to move on if he remained out of the Arsenal first team.

French side PSG and the Italian giants Fiorentina seem the most likely candidates to land the striker but his former squad Bordeaux is also making efforts to get him back for a surprise fee of £6 million.