Mathieu Debuchy has reiterated his frustration at not playing regular football at Arsenal and says he’ll sit down with Arsene Wenger this month about a possible move in January.
The Frenchman joined the Gunners as a replacement for Bacary Sagna but has since slipped down the pecking order at right-back with Hector Bellerin taking advantage of the time the 30-year-old spent out with two long injuries last term.
Worried that his chances of playing at Euro 2016 on home turf are slim if he only plays sporadic football – he’s been dropped by Didier Deschamps from recent France squads – Debuchy told RMC Radio that he’s open to offers.
“I’m waiting to talk to the boss, we talked earlier in the season on the subject. I have to accept the competition [from Bellerin] at the moment. But currently, I need playing time. It’s clear that I need to talk again with the boss.
“I’ll look at the offers to move,” continued Debuchy. “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.
“Of course I would be disappointed not to make the Euros, it’s probably my last chance to play in such a situation.”
It’s not the first time Debuchy has hinted at a willingness to seek pastures new. He spoke similarly in September and November but hasn’t yet found the form to make Arsene Wenger reshuffle his defensive pack in his favour.