I would feel sorry for the Arsenal right back Matthieu Debuchy if the France international star had not been such a sulky so-and-so when he lost his place to Hector Bellerin after being unlucky with a couple of long spells out with injury.
But Debuchy was outspoken about his situation at the club and his desire to leave and that was not what you want for team spirit, so I was not surprised that Arsene Wenger let him go back to France on loan with Bordeaux for the latter part of last season but I was surprised that he was not let go permanently in the summer.
Perhaps that was because we needed him as a back up, especially when the decision to let the versatile Calum Chambers go to Middlesborough on loan was made. However, the permanent departure of the Frenchman could be just around the corner, because our other young right back Carl Jenkinson is on the comeback trail and will soon be fit to play again.
Jenks has spoken to Arsenal Player about his lengthy lay off and his imminent return and the difference in attitude between his and Debuchy’s could hardly be more pronounced. His time at West Ham and the valuable experience he gained there will stand him in good stead but his motivation to get back to playing for Arsenal will surely be his biggest asset.
He said, “The recovery is going well, it’s just lovely to be back out there playing and training. It’s fantastic to be doing that again after so long out. You have good days and bad days because obviously you’re still adapting after such a long time.
“You’re adapting to training and the short, sharp stuff that you can only get from training with the lads that you’re not prepared for no matter how much pre-work you do before coming back.
“So there’s that little element and a little adjustment period which I’m in at the moment, but I’m enjoying it.
“It is a humbling experience being injured for such a long period of time. I guess sometimes in your career when you haven’t had injuries for a while, you start to take for granted just being able to go out and play football and enjoy doing that.
“Matchdays I miss a lot. I have missed them a lot because it’s a sort of buzz and excitement that you can’t replicate in anything else in life really.
“The build-up to a game, the pre-match and just the general vibe in the changing room as you’re building up to a game, that’s something that you can’t replicate in everyday life in anything else.”
To be fair, Jenkinson will find it just as hard to displace Bellerin as Debuchy has but will his being an Arsenal fan help him to accept that what is best for the club is what must happen? Do you think Wenger will dump Debuchy and make Jenkinson the second choice right back at Arsenal?