Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is looking for a way out of the Emirates, according to the latest reports in the media (via ESPN). The reports state that the Frenchman, who has been frozen out of the first team following the emergence of Hector Bellerin, is desperate for more playing time in order to secure a place in the France squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament.
Debuchy has not been selected by national coach Didier Deschamps for the past four games, and he knows that his only chance of regaining his place is by playing regularly and turning in good performances between now and June. His chances to do that at Arsenal are limited however, since Bellerin is the obvious first choice and has restricted Debuchy to only a couple of Premier League starts this season.
As a result, the Frenchman has revealed that he will be speaking to the manager about being given more first team chances, or he may be forced to leave the club in the January transfer window.
“At the moment I can’t be in the French team because obviously I’m not getting any game time. Playing one match every month or even less, you can’t be ready physically or mentally. At the moment, I need game time,” he said.
“The past two games, I haven’t been included in the squad. Everything is clear. I need game time and that’s why I’ll have to discuss it with the coach soon. We’ll see what offers there are between now and [January] — if there are any.
“We’ll discuss it together calmly. We had a discussion in the summer and he told me that if I wasn’t happy with my game time we’d sit down and talk about it in December. It’s December now so we’ll see.”
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Debuchy’s career has been stalling since last season, as he suffered back-to-back injuries that kept him sidelined for nearly six months. In that time, Hector Bellerin was able to quickly adjust to life in the first team and has been nearly flawless for us. Given the attacking options that Bellerin opens up for us, it is no wonder that the manager is picking him constantly, and I feel it is unlikely that Debuchy will be able to supplant him over the next few months.
But given the lack of defensive options at the club and our current injury status, it is also extremely unlikely that the manager will be willing to let our only cover at right-back leave in the middle of the season. Debuchy admitted that he fears this, and is unsure what will happen in the next few months.
“I don’t know [if I will be allowed to leave]. My only goal is to play again very soon and to string together some matches so that I can play at the Euros,” he continued.
“I love England and the league so yes, of course [I would like to stay].”
Generally, second string players are allowed to play in the Cup competitions to keep them happy and allow the first team to get some rest. However, since we fared so poorly in the Champions League and got eliminated from the League Cup, there has been little to no opportunity to give them a proper chance (barring injuries). The FA Cup in January should offer the manager some options while rotating the squad, but it is unlikely that Debuchy will be willing to wait so long for so little.