Mathieu Debuchy is set to return to Arsenal next season, according to ​L'Equipe, having failed to achieve his stated aim of making the French national squad ahead of the forthcoming European Championships in France later this month. 


The right-back spent the second half of the season on loan at Ligue 1 side Bordeaux after finding his first team opportunities with the Gunners curtailed by the majestic form of Spaniard Hector Bellerin. 

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However, the Frenchman sustained a thigh injury during his team's 1-1 draw against Paris Saint-Germain in May and subsequently failed to make France coach Didier Deschamps' 23-man squad for the tournament. 


The 30-year-old had struggled with injury since signing for Arsenal from Newcastle United in 2014, with ankle ligament damage and a dislocated shoulder keeping him out of action for more than six months. 


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Debuchy then lost his place in the starting XI to Hector Bellerin who has been the club's leading light in an otherwise lacklustre season, and was granted a temporary loan move by manager Arsene Wenger in order to impress Deschamps ahead of the Championship. 


Debuchy has previously been ​linked with Premier League rivals West Ham United, and it now seems that the former Lille player is unwilling to remain in France and will return for the Gunners pre-season in order to stake a claim for the first team.


Wenger is expected to be active in the transfer market this summer, particularly for defensive reinforcements, and has already competed the signing of the much-coveted midfielder Granit Xhaka from German side Borussia Monchengladbach.