Arsene Wenger has openly discussed the future of Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy, and has suggested he could well leave the club this January according to this report from the BBC.
A number of clubs have been linked with the France international, including Premier League sides Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, however the Gunners have yet to make contact with any club (via BBC).
The 30-year-old has struggled to make an impression at Emirates since his move from Newcastle United in 2014, sustaining back-to-back injuries that have opened the door for young Spaniard Hector Bellerin to grasp the right-back starting berth.
Bellerin has yet to look back, putting in consistently excellent performances which have kept Debuchy restricted to cameo appearances and Cup competitions. With Frances Euro 2016 tournament fast approaching, naturally there have been suggestions that Debuchy could move on this January and Wenger has confirmed a departure is possible.
“Mathieu has an opportunity to go but we have not been in touch with any club,” Wenger reportedly said at his pre-match press conference (via BBC).
With Bellerin firmly in place and Calum Chambers an able deputy, it seems almost certain Debuchy will leave this month. That’s not to say this is a smart decision. It will leave the Gunners in a slightly precarious position, should Bellerin pick up a knock Arsenal are left with limited options that can really convince for the title challenge. Sure Chambers can do a job, but he is not at the same level of his Spanish counterpart or the experienced Debuchy.
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Carl Jenkinson certainly still has a career with the Gunners should the Frenchman leave this summer, but Wenger would be wise to do his best to keep the former Newcastle United defender around until the summer. We don’t need to move him on and nor should we have to.