Arsenal: High-profile player considered leaving Emirates Stadium after losing place

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Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that he considered leaving the club this summer, reports the Daily Express.

The 30-year-old has lost his place in the side to Hector Bellerin, who performed well while he was injured last season and so far this campaign he has only featured in the 2-0 defeat against West Ham, and was substituted in the 67th minute of that game.

This unsettled the Frenchman at first, but he is now determined to stay and win his place back in the side. “It is difficult,” Debuchy began, “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, Bellerin. 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.”

The right-back only moved to the Gunners last summer, but has suffered from several injury problems throughout his time with the club. During the last campaign he made only ten appearances because of these fitness issues, although this time round he is yet to experience them again.

The North London outfit currently have Bellerin and Calum Chambers who can also play in the position, and it is at the other end of the pitch that they are having more worries. Arsene Wenger’s side have only managed to hit the back of the net three times in four Premier League matches so far, and two of those occasions were own goals.

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