Mathieu Debuchy had a rather disappointing pair of years at Emirates Stadium prior to the club sending him back to France on a loan deal with Bordeaux. Now earning reps with the Ligue 1 outfit after spending most of the last two seasons on the sidelines, Debuchy had some choice words for his fellow countryman and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
In an interview with Canal+, Debuchy made it clear that he felt the Arsenal boss had misled him with assurances of playing time with the first-team. Instead, Debuchy made just 22 appearances for the club in two seasons after leaving Newcastle United in a £12 million transfer.
‘Yes I blame Arsene Wenger a bit but it was his decision,’ Debuchy said. ‘He told me that I would have playing time,’
Mathieu Debuchy: “Yes I blame Arsène Wenger a bit but it was his decision. He told me that I would have playing time.” (C+)
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Though Debuchy may feel like he got the short end of the stick from Wenger, it’s hard to blame the Arsenal boss for what happened. Between the unexpected rise of youngster Hector Bellerin to one of the Premier League’s top defender and various injuries to Debuchy, he was really a victim of circumstance as much as anything else.
Debuchy joined Bordeaux on a season-long loan deal on February 1, 2016. He has since made three straight starts for the club. His last match for Arsenal was as a late sub in a Champions League match against Dinamo Zagreb.
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