This is a tricky subject as poor Mathieu Debuchy was unluckily injured soon after joining Arsenal and made only 11 starts for the Gunners last season, and he could only watch from the sidelines as Hector Bellerin stepped up and made the position his own.
The French international admitted that he had become frustrated at the club, especially when he was not reinstated as first-choice right-back at the beginning of the new season. “It is difficult,” Debuchy was quoted as saying. “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, Bellerín.
“It was a surprise and a disappointment. Let’s say it [leaving] crossed my mind. But I want to be at Arsenal and to take my place.”
Many Arsenal fans may disagree with me here,but I think that Arsene Wenger made a mistake by not selling him on. If we could have recouped even some of the £12 million we reportedly paid Newcastle for him, then Wenger should have made a deal. Now that he is 30 years old it will be very hard to get any resale value in any transfer window in the future.
Simply put, surely we would have been better to have two young players like Bellerin and Jenkinson vying for the right-back spot, rather than have a disgruntled 30 year-old moping about on the bench?