When Mathieu Debuchy jumped ship at Newcastle United, even he couldn’t have foreseen in his wildest ‘dreams’ the choice that could be presented to him only 18 months.

The right-back is desperate for first team football or else his ambitions of playing in the French hosted 2016 Euros will be non-existent.

At the age of 30 he has already accepted that the bright lights of Arsenal, which tempted him away from Newcastle United, are all but extinguished.

12 Premier League starts and five first elevens in the Champions League, are all that Mathieu Debuchy has to show in his Arsenal ‘career’ and he desperately needs a short-term fix to give him that chance of playing for his country this summer.

Aston Villa have been talks with Arsenal throughout January as they hope to do a deal for the former Lille defender but now they have competition.

Reports today claim that Sunderland have held talks with Arsenal over a loan move for Debuchy and the mackems are allegedly now favourites to sign the one-time United full-back.

Irony, irony – Mathieu Debuchy tempted away by thoughts of glamour and success, yet now seemingly having to choose between the only two Premier League clubs currently worse than Newcastle United.

Debuchy himself confirmed earlier this month that he had to find another club no matter what – with only six days and a few hours of the January transfer window remaining, time is rapidly running out…

Mathieu Debuchy:

“Whatever happens, even if it is to return (back to Arsenal) this summer and then start again, I have to go this winter – I can’t stay at Arsenal.

“As the weeks go by and we get closer to the Euros. I have to play to try to return (to the French squad) as soon as March for the Netherlands and Russia friendlies.

“I clearly lost six months and I would have preferred to leave last summer but the coach told me that I would have my chance – ultimately that was not the case.”

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