Yes it is easy to feel sorry for Matthieu Debuchy as he got injured soon after joining Arsenal from Newcastle, but since his return he has done himself no favours at all. He seems to think he has a God-given right to be in the starting XI and was moaning at Arsene Wenger even before the season began, as he admitted when asked if he regretted staying at the Emirates.
“Yes, I clearly lost six months. I would have preferred to leave last summer but the coach told me I would have my chance – it was not the case.
“I do not know who is responsible. Last year I got injured and I’ve been away a long time and Bellerín played some good matches. This summer, I had a good preparation and I was able to resume the season – but the coach decided otherwise.
“It is very hard, I went through difficult times. This is the first time I find myself in this situation. Playing a match every two months, that’s not possible.”
In fact Debuchy did get a chance to impress when Hector Bellerin got injured, but the fact is that the French international played like someone who had little interest in winning his place back. If he had showed even half of his previous form he could have regained his place, especially as Bellerin himself made quite a few indifferent performances on his return.
It feels like Debuchy has done nothing but moan for the last year, and he seems to be under the impression that he only has to play regularly to get his place back in the France team, but wherever he goes he will have to actually play good football, not just expect everything on a plate.
It appears he has an offer to go on loan to Aston Villa to try and help them out of the relegation zone as he told the Guardian: “It’s true, they are among the teams interested in me. I am currently studying everything but it’s not a possibility I have excluded. Whatever happens, even if it is to return this summer and then start again, I have to go this winter. I cannot stay at Arsenal.”
I agree with him. He should go as quick as possible, and Wenger should tell him to find another club for next season. We don’t want moaning prima donnas at our great club….