Mathieu Debuchy has found his starting spot swept from under him this season, with Hector Bellerin’s superb performances making him our undisputed first-choice right-back. The Frenchman doesn’t seem capable of handling the competition, and has hinted that he may look for an Emirates exit in January, as reported by French publication Canal + (via Get French Football).
Squad depth is hugely important, and we’ve seen the problems caused by injuries this season. We need players who are willing to fight for their place though, not just give up and look for the exit as soon as they aren’t first choice.
Debuchy looked like a solid signing when he joined from Newcastle last year, and he was obviously unlucky to spend much of his debut Arsenal season sidelined with injury. He seems to think he’s automatically entitled to a starting spot though, despite a number of abject performances when given the chance.
Bellerin has been excellent ever since winning the battle for the starting berth with Calum Chambers last season, and if Debuchy wants to be back in the first-team fold regularly then he needs to show a little desire.
The 30-year-old has looked totally uninterested when he’s taken to the field, and his comments clearly suggest he will be looking at his options in January.
“I am dealing with it, I am trying to stay strong. We are going to remain concentrated until December, after that I will see,” he said.
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Players with this type of attitude are not what we need at Arsenal, and it really does seem like Debuchy’s time at the club is coming to an end.
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We probably can’t afford to let him go in January though, so unless Arsene Wenger has another right-back in his sights then Debuchy may be out of luck. Next summer we are likely to see the return of Carl Jenkinson, but until then we can’t afford to leave ourselves light at right-back.