Mathieu Debuchy has returned to Arsenal’s starting line-up for Europa League and League Cup matches and been pretty solid, but does he have a future at the club?
When Arsene Wenger revealed that Debuchy would be starting against Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League last week, most Gooners had to make sure they’d heard the boss correctly.
The right-back hadn’t played for the first team since November 2016 when he managed 13 minutes against Bournemouth before injuring his hamstring again.
Since then, he’s made four appearances for the reserves, scoring twice, but the general feeling from fans was that his days at Arsenal were numbered.
Is this still true?
The 32-year-old was reasonably solid against both Red Star and during the 120 minutes he played against Norwich in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
— Mathieu debuchy (@MatDebuchy) August 2, 2017
However, does this mean that the Frenchman still has a future at Arsenal?
Potentially. If you look at his performances, he seems to be doing well as part of a back three and if he can stay fit he could be a good squad player.
BUT. And this is a big ol’ but. He’s 32 and, as he’s said himself, he’s not the future of Arsenal Football Club.
The defender has struggled to move clubs because of his alleged wage demands, so he clearly doesn’t care about that playing that much. If he did, he’d recognise that he should perhaps lower them.
He also slated Arsene Wenger publicly, claiming that his boss blocked a move to Manchester United, which the Frenchman has since denied.
Therefore, while it’s nice that Debuchy is playing well, I don’t see his long-term future being at Arsenal.