The French full-back looked like an excellent signing when he joined the club in 2014, and seemed a solid replacement for the Manchester City bound Bacary Sagna. Injury put him out of action early on in the campaign however, and Bellerin stepped up.
The young Spaniard has gone from strength to strength since being handed his chance, and has barely put a foot wrong. Debuchy on the other hand, has looked rusty since his return to action, and doesn’t look like wrestling a starting spot back off his young teammate.
At 30-years-old, the former Newcastle United man is running out of time, and clearly isn’t content with a place on the bench. It’s understandable therefore, that he’s evaluating his options ahead of a potential January transfer (via the Metro).
The report claims Roma are badly in need of reinforcements, with their only real option in the position being on-loan PSG star Lucas Digne.
Long term we could certainly replace Debuchy, and with Carl Jenkinson showing positive signs at West Ham he may be able to challenge Bellerin in the future. A January switch for Debuchy could cause some problems though, as we’d be left very short in the right-back department.
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Arsene Wenger may be keen to keep his compatriot at the club at least until the end of the season, at which point we’ll be better situated to sort things out.