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St Etienne fullback Debuchy: I wanted to leave Arsenal much sooner

St Etienne fullback Mathieu Debuchy admits he wanted to quit Arsenal earlier than last week.

Debuchy signed for ASSE after having his contract terminated by the Gunners.

He told RMC: "No regrets for not leaving Arsenal earlier? I would have liked to leave Arsenal before. I had opportunities, the coach refused. And there were periods of transfer windows where I did not have the choice of clubs that suited me.

"The facts made me stay at Arsenal. I would have preferred to play every weekend in another club, but now I have no regrets, it's like that."

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