Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy has said that he will review his situation in December after admitting that it has been a frustrating period in his career, the Daily Mail reports.
Debuchy joined the Gunners from Newcastle United in the summer of 2014, but his debut campaign was immediately cut short with a lengthy injury layoff suffered in the season opener.
In his absence, Hector Bellerin has come in and established himself as the first-team regular. The Spanish youngster’s performances have been so good that Debuchy’s absence was rarely felt.
Now, on his return from injury, the French right-back has been instilled as second choice behind his young teammate, and it’s a situation he admits could lead to a potential January exit.
“It's certain that being on the bench every weekend is not easy for me to handle. It's the first time for me in my career,” Debuchy was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“I am putting up with it and trying to stay mentally strong, but it's true that sometimes it's more difficult than at other times, when in your mind things are complicated.
“It's a case of staying focused until December and then we'll see what happens after that.”
Bellerin’s current injury has paved the way for Debuchy to come in and feature more regularly, but his performances have been quite average and results haven’t gone Arsenal’s way.
The 30-year-old is an experienced pro, but his style of play is quite different to Bellerin and there is no doubt that the Gunners miss the latter’s burst of pace down the right flank.
With Debuchy aiming to be a part of France’s full squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in his home country, he can’t afford to spend the months leading up to the event sat on the bench.