Mathieu Debuchy has complained that he’s playing with Arsenal’s u23s and has no real prospects to progress, admitting he’s “not the future of the club”.
In the interview with L’Équipe via GFFN, Debuchy talked about what’s going on with him at Arsenal at the moment. Having not played a senior game for the Gunners since his start against Bournemouth last November, the 32-year-old is clearly unhappy with his lack of first-team game time.
He said: “I play with the kids. I’m not the future of the club.” The problem for Arsenal has been that whenever Debuchy is given a chance, either the Gunners have problems on the pitch or the former Newcastle United right-back picks up another injury.
In the last two seasons, Mathieu has made eight appearances for the Gunners. Half of these have been losses, to the likes of Dinamo Zagreb, West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday, and a further two of the eight have resulted in an injury.
If Arsenal can’t rely on Debuchy defensively and can’t rely on his fitness, then he can’t be playing for the senior team. The club clearly tried to move him on this summer, but when that didn’t work, there were very few options other than to keep him with the u23s.
Debuchy is under contract until 2019 so we could yet be in for another two years of this.