Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy has joined Saint-Etienne on a free transfer after his contract was terminated. The France international has signed a deal with the Ligue 1 side until the end of the season. Debuchy, 32, joined the Gunners from Newcastle in July 2014 but made just 29 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side due to several long-term injuries. His last appearance was the FA Cup third round defeat by Nottingham Forest earlier this month.
He spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan at Bordeaux, but then struggled to recover from a long-term injury. This season he made seven starts, all in cup games. Debuchy joined Arsenal from Newcastle in 2014 after starting for France in that summer’s World Cup, but never regained his starting place after suffering a dislocated shoulder in January 2015.