Arsenal fullback Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that he considered his future at the Emirates during the summer transfer window.
The 30-year-old made just 13 appearances in his first season for the Gunners after tearing ankle ligaments in September and dislocating his shoulder in January.
However, since then, he has now been displaced in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up by Hector Bellerin, and admits that it has been tough for him to adjust.
“It’s difficult,” he told L’Equipe. “Even if I didn’t play a lot last season, in my head I was coming back in order to be in the starting XI for the resumption.”
The Frenchman did start against West Ham in the season opener, but since that 2-0 defeat at the Emirates, Bellerin has returned to the line-up and has been preferred by Wenger.
Given that he will likely continue to be considered as a back-up option, it remains to be seen how long the former Newcastle defender remains in north London.