Reports are suggesting that Arsenal are hopeful of confirming the departure of Mathieu Debuchy on loan before the end of the transfer window.

After being denied a starting spot by Hector Bellerin for several months, the Frenchman has requested an exit to help his odds of earning a place at Euro 2016 this summer.

According to the Telegraph, the Gunners have agreed to speak to Sunderland who are now challenging Aston Villa in negotiating a six-month loan deal and personal terms for Debuchy.

Villa boss Remi Garde has already met with the right-back who recently reiterated that he is no longer interested in playing for Arsene Wenger’s side.

“It’s true that there are clubs looking to sign me and right now I’m assessing my options. Whatever happens, I want to leave, even on loan. I can’t stay at Arsenal.” Debuchy told L’Equipe a week ago

“Aston Villa are in great difficulty and that’s why I’m taking time before making a decision. They’re a big English club and I’m not ruling out the possibility. I have also talked to Remi Garde over the phone.”

Arsenal have made it clear that any deal to loan out the defender for the rest of the season will be sanctioned as long as a loan fee of at least £1million is offered.

Debuchy’s departure would leave Bellerin as Arsene Wenger’s only option at right-back even though Calum Chambers has been deployed in that position in the past.

Carl Jenkinson, who was on loan at West Ham, is no longer an option for the Gunners after suffering an injury last Saturday which could rule him out for the rest of the season.

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