Football: Bordeaux sign Debuchy on loan from Arsenal

Mathieu Debuchy (left) in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen.
Mathieu Debuchy (left) in action with Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen. PHOTO: REUTERS

BORDEAUX (AFP) - Right-back Mathieu Debuchy has joined Bordeaux on a six-month loan deal from Arsenal, the Ligue 1 side said on Monday (Feb 1).

The 30-year-old France international defender has started only 12 Premier League matches since joining the Gunners from Newcastle United 18 months ago, having also spent 10 years and playing 301 games at Lille.

"It's hard to imagine it. Bordeaux signing a France international from the Premier League," Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said after the signing.

Debuchy was part of the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014 squads for France, for whom he last played in September 2015 in a 2-1 win over Serbia, at Bordeaux's magnificent brand new stadium, built for the 2016 Euro.