Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that he has been considering leaving the club after losing his starting spot to youngster Hector Bellerin, the Metro reports.
The former Newcastle man saw himself become second choice last term when Bellerin stood in for him while he nursed an injury on the sidelines.
But despite Debuchy returning to full fitness in time for the start of the new campaign, Arsene Wenger opted to stick with Bellerin for their Community Shield clash with Chelsea last month, something the Metro claims left Debuchy questioning his future at the club.
“It is difficult,” he told L’Equipe.
“Even if I had not played a lot last season, in my head I would return to start after my recovery.
“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.”
Debuchy joined Arsenal in a £12m deal from Newcastle last summer (via Sky Sports) and went on to make a total of just 14 appearances across all competitions.