Mathieu Debuchy has told L’Equipe that he would leave the Premier League in order to regain a regular starting spot ahead of the Euros in France next summer.
The full back, who has endured a torrid time with injuries at Arsenal since arriving from Newcastle, lost his starting spot to Hector Bellerin who shows no signs of giving it up.
With the transfer window rapidly approaching and Debuchy already admitting in the summer that he thought about leaving when he wasn’t given his starting shirt back after returning from his shoulder injury, it didn’t take Sherlock Holmes to work out that he would be considering his future when the winter window rolled around.
“I’ll look at the offers to move,” he told L’Equipe.
“I love England and the football here, but why not return to France?
“In the summer Wenger told me we’d talk if I was not happy with my situation in December.
“It is now December. I’m waiting to talk to the boss.
“Of course I would be disappointed not to make the Euros, it’s probably my last chance to play in such a situation.”
Arsene Wenger has a bit of a track record when it comes to allowing unsettled players to leave but he surely cannot consider allowing Debuchy to exit the club in January if he plans to launch a serious assault on the Premier League title.
Should Debuchy leave that would mean that the only backup the club have to Hector would be Calum Chambers or Mathieu Debuchy.
Hardly the squad of Champions elect.