France boss tells Arsenal defender to leave the club in January
Didier Deschamps suggests that Mathieu Debuchy needs to leave Arsenal to gain regular playing time
Didier Deschamps has suggested that Mathieu Debuchy should look to leave Arsenal in search of regular first-team football in January if he is to earn a spot in France’s squad for Euro 2016.
Debuchy has found his first-team opportunities at Arsenal severely restricted in recent months after falling behind youngster Hector Bellerin in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.
The 30-year-old has made just five first-team appearances for Arsenal this season and was on the losing side as Arsene Wenger’s men slumped to a humiliating 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
He also featured during the 3-0 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup fourth round last week.
Now, France manager Deschamps has hinted that he feels Debuchy should consider a transfer away from Arsenal should the opportunity present itself during the winter window.
Deshamps told a news conference on Thursday: “Mathieu Debuchy is in a position where he is playing very little, when he does play, look at yesterday’s result.
“If he has a decision to make in December or January… He hasn’t lost his quality, he’s playing very little.”
Debuchy is expected to feature during Arsenal’s north London derby clash with Tottenham on Sunday, with Bellerin sidelined with a groin injury.