​Arsenal have agreed a loan fee of £1.2m with Aston Villa for France international Mathieu Debuchy, according to reports in the ​Express

The right-back has made just two appearances for the Gunners this season, with speedy youngster Hector Bellerin making the spot his own, and the Midlands club are desperately trying to strengthen for their battle against relegation. 

The defender has only started a dozen Premier League games since his move from Newcastle 18 months ago, with his injury issues last season giving Bellerin the first team chance he needed to unseat the veteran. 

The move would be no great surprise - indeed, Debuchy has been pushing his case in the media of late, saying recently: "They [Aston Villa] are among the teams who want me I am looking at everything but it is not an option I have ruled out. It could be a great challenge - even if they are currently in trouble.

"Aston Villa are one of the big English clubs. I also had the coach on the phone and the conversation went well. Whatever happens, even if it is to come back here in the summer and leave again, I have to leave this winter. I cannot stay at Arsenal.”

Remi Garde has also spoken since the start of the month about the potential for the move to go through, saying: “I had a conversation with Arsene a few days ago about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was among these players. It’s too early and it won’t help me or anyone to go forward in this style to make too many more comments.”

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