Mathieu Debuchy says he considered leaving Arsenal, worried for his future

Mathieu Debuchy wants to fight for his place at Arsenal but is worried for his future.

Mathieu Debuchy has admitted the thought of leaving Arsenal this summer crossed his mind.

Speaking to French newspaper L'Equipe, as reported by Maxifoot, Debuchy says he wants to fight for his place at the club, having been usurped by Hector Bellerin.

Debuchy is however nervous, because Euro 2016 is on the horizon, a tournament hosted in his native France, and he is desperate to start - as he did at the 2014 World Cup ahead of Bacary Sagna.

His comments do not appear to rule out a January transfer if he is out of the Arsenal side.

He said: "It is difficult. Even though I had not played a lot last season, in my head, I returned to recover as a starter. Have I thought about my future? Let's say it (leaving) has crossed my mind. But I want to be at Arsenal and to take my place.

"He (Wenger) told me that nothing was lost and there are a lot of games in the season. He knows I'm worried because at the end of the season, there is an important deadline."

Debuchy signed from Newcastle United a year ago, but suffered badly with two injuries which each sidelines him for three months, while he also had to cover as a central defender.

His injuries allowed Calum Chambers to chance to take his spot, but he too was overtaken by the superb Hector Bellerin, who kept Debuchy out of the FA Cup Final line-up.

The importance of Euro 2016 cannot be underestimated to him personally, but his experience will be vital to Arsenal's backline over the course of the season, so his situation is one manager Arsene Wenger will have to oversee carefully.

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