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Sunday 4 December 2016

Garde targets Debuchy

Arsenal v Manchester City - Premier League...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Danny Welbeck of Arsenal and Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal warm up during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on September 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)...S
Arsenal v Manchester City - Premier League...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Danny Welbeck of Arsenal and Mathieu Debuchy of Arsenal warm up during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on September 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)...S

Boss Remi Garde has revealed he wants to bring Mathieu Debuchy to Aston Villa and confirmed Adama Traore is out until March.

Arsenal right-back Debuchy could to be allowed to leave this month and Garde has spoken to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger about the possibility of a move.

Debuchy, 30, has made just seven appearances for Arsenal this season and played only twice in the Barclays Premier League.

"I had a conversation with Arsene a few days ago about some of the players and Mathieu Debuchy was among these players," said Garde, who played under Wenger at Arsenal.

"It's too early and it won't help me or anyone to go forward in this style to make too many more comments."

Garde refused to talk further about Loic Remy after conceding he understood why Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink was unhappy with his public statement of interest last week and insisted Jack Grealish will not go out on loan after being linked with Leeds.

But Garde has suffered another injury blow with winger Traore ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a broken foot after he limped off in last week's 3-1 defeat at Sunderland.

Garde added: 'It's a big blow, not more, not less, than every other player. When you lose a player for 10 weeks it is huge. I wouldn't underestimate what he can give to the team, he has a profile that can be very spectacular."

The Frenchman has also sent defender Tiago Ilori back to Liverpool after a disappointing spell at Villa.

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