Arsenal defender considers January exit after losing international spot

Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy is said to be prepared to review his situation at the club in January after recently losing his place in the French national team, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The 30-year-old joined Arsenal last summer in a £12m deal from Newcastle (via Telegraph) but quickly lost his place in the first team to youngster Hector Bellerin as shoulder and ankle injuries kept him on the sidelines for large parts of the campaign.

Debuchy has so far only managed to start three of the club’s games this term against West Ham United, Dinamo Zagreb and Tottenham, and has looked far short of prime match fitness.

He was also excluded from the fringe players that were rotated back into the first team against Olympiacos earlier this week (via Telegraph).

This comes after he last month explained that he considered moving on over the summer when he was left out of Arsenal’s Community Shield clash with Chelsea (via Telegraph).

“In the long-term, if this situation continues it could become tricky,” he said last month.

“He [Wenger] knows I’m worried though because there’s an important deadline at the end of the season. It’s a must to hold down a first team place. It’s clear. To be effective on the field you need game time.”

Debuchy decided to stay put because at the time he was included in France’s squads to face Portugal and Serbia, but this week Didier Deschamps overlooked him for the games against Armenia and Denmark.

As Wenger still has both Calum Chambers and Carl Jenkinson (who is on loan at West Ham) to call upon should anything happen to Bellerin, Debuchy may do well to consider an exit, especially given as he’s now crossed over into his 30s.

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