Mathieu Debuchy 'relieved' after leaving Arsenal for Saint-Etienne

Debuchy 'relieved' about leaving Arsenal
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Mathieu Debuchy admits that he feels 'relieved' to close his Arsenal chapter following a move to Saint-Etienne.

Mathieu Debuchy has admitted that he felt a sense of "relief" when he cut ties with Arsenal.

The Frenchman had a miserable time at the North London with regards to matters on the pitch as he only featured in 13 Premier League games across four-and-a-half years.

During that time the right-back had injury problems, mainly with his heel and shoulder, which needed operating on, and he had a loan spell at Bordeaux in 2016.

On transfer deadline day, Debuchy was released from his Arsenal contract and signed for Saint-Etienne for the rest of the season.

"It is a relief," the Frenchman told L'Equipe. "Even if Saint-Etienne are going through a delicate period, it is still a mythical club. To play in such a stadium, with the fans always behind the team, is great.

"My priority is to get a run of matches and rediscover the rhythm and pleasure of playing and above all help the club. Of course, in the back of my head, I still have the challenge of getting back in the France team, but I have to do things in order and first I have to help Les Verts."

Debuchy made seven appearances for Arsenal this season, all of which were in cup games.

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Mathieu Debuchy in action for Arsenal in the EFL Cup on Dec 19, 2017
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