Arsenal transfers: Defender admits pondering Gunners exit

Mathieu Debuchy admits that he considered leaving Arsenal during the summer transfer window

Mathieu Debuchy admits that he considered his Arsenal future during the summer transfer window after falling down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.

The France international missed much of his first season at the north London club due to injury as Hector Bellerin stepped in and impressed in the former Newcastle United star’s absence.

Arsene Wenger opted to start Bellerin for the Community Shield win over Chelsea last month, with Debuchy only having made one appearance for the Gunners so far this season – during the 2-0 loss to West Ham United on the opening weekend of the campaign.

And the 30-year-old admits that he thought about leaving Arsenal during the summer transfer window after seeing his first-team opportunities restricted at the north London club.

Debuchy is quoted as saying by Metro: “It is difficult. Even if I had not played a lot last season, in my head I would return to start after my recovery.

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“But, at the Community Shield against Chelsea, Wenger chose him, Bellerin.

“It was a surprise and a disappointment. Let’s say it crossed my mind (leaving).

“But I want to be at Arsenal and to take my place.”

The defender will be hoping to feature when Arsenal return to Premier League action with a home clash against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium after the international break.

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