Wenger to hold meeting with 30-year-old star

Arsene Wenger is set to hold a discussion with Mathieu Debuchy about the player’s future at Arsenal ahead of the January transfer window.

Héctor Bellerín has been preferred to Debuchy at right-back over the past 12 months, prompting the French defender to reconsider his commitment to the Gunners.

After being omitted from the most recent France squad which played last month, Debuchy has admitted he could leave Arsenal for more football action with Euro 2016 now months away.

“We talked about my situation in pre-season, I haven’t talked to him recently, but we will talk before the transfer window,” he told French radio station RMC.

“I really need to play. Didier Deschamps didn’t call me for the last two games, so it’s obvious, I’ve got to play more than I do, that’s why I want to talk to Wenger soon. I do have to accept it anyway, I can’t do otherwise. This situation doesn’t please me, but I have to accept it.”

Debuchy added: “I need to have several games under my belt to be at the Euros. You can’t be in the French squad if you play a game once a month or less than that. You can’t be fit, and can’t be mentally focused. And if I have to leave permanently or on loan to play, I will.”

Asked whether he would consider a move to a Premier League club, Debuchy said: “I love England and the league so yes, of course. After that, if I have other offers …return to France? Why not? We’ll see.”

Should Debuchy choose to leave Arsenal, the Gunners are likely to turn to Carl Jenkinson, who is currently on loan at West Ham, as another option at right-back.

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