Arsene Wenger has let slip a little ahead of the January transfer window, hinting that not only will he be busy bringing players in, but that Mathieu Debuchy could be allowed to leave the club as well, as reported by Sky Sports.
Debuchy has really struggled for game time at Arsenal, despite an excellent start to his career in north London. untimely injuries during his first season gave Hector Bellerin a chance to step up, and the Spaniard hasn’t looked back since.
The Frenchman has been given several opportunities to grab a starting spot back off the 20-year-old, but in every game he’s played since his injuries, he has looked disappointing and lacking in every department.
Wenger insists that he wants to keep his compatriot at the club, but the fact that he suggests there’s a possibility of the 30-year-old leaving certainly suggests he’s resigned to letting him leave. The 66-year-old wouldn’t normally admit anything like this, so it seems as though Debuchy is facing an early Emirates exit.
“It’s not impossible,” he said, when asked whether Debuchy could leave in January.
“I’m happy if he stays but we’ll see.”
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It seems reckless to let the veteran leave, as it would leave us with only Hector Bellerin at right-back. Calum Chambers is obviously able to fill in if we’re desperate, but it’s far from an ideal option. Wenger does suggest he’ll be busy signing players in January, but with our Bellerin, Chambers, Carl Jenkinson on loan, and more pressing concerns in midfield and upfront, it’s hard to see a right-back being a priority this winter.
“I’ll be busy, that’s for sure,” Wenger said.
“I’m already busy and I said already one month ago we are a bit short to deal with all the competitions we face, especially in midfield. We will be busy, yes.”
Despite Debuchy’s obvious failings this season, it would be best for Arsenal to keep him at the club until the summer; though obviously that is not what’s best for the player. Wenger will obviously not want to prevent Debuchy from having a chance of featuring for France at the Euro 2016 Championships this summer, but he has to put Arsenal first.
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With Arsenal currently sat top of the table and our squad looking fairly strong at the moment, this January as a great chance to fill some gaps. We should therefore make sure we focus on bringing talent into the club this season, not letting players go – even if they do seem like dead wood.
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