Mathieu Debuchy remains at Arsenal for the time being but is a long way away from featuring regularly in the first-team, if at all.
With Hector Bellerin set as the top right-back at Arsenal, the Gunners also have Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson in reserve to call upon if need be after losing the versatile Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool on transfer Deradline Day.
Debuchy has been a fringe player at Arsenal for some time and spent time with Bordeaux on loan last season before returning to the Emirates.
The France international was in talks to leave the Gunners in the summer with OGC Nice interested in bringing the former Lille star back to Ligue 1 but the deal fell through late on and that hasn’t sat well with Debuchy.
I had met Julien Fournier, the general manager of the club, in June in Monaco. We talked about everything to find out where I was then he asked me to meet the coach, which I agreed to.
I even accepted to do physical tests, they were positive but afterwards, I did’t have any news. Fournier could at least have sent me a message, warning me that in the end, I wasn’t their choice.
It irritated me, it was not correct on their part but it didn’t surprise me too much. There are things in football that go beyond me.
Nice went on to sign Christophe Jallet over Debuchy in the summer and the right-back was unable to finalise a move before the transfer window shut.