Arsene Wenger has made it clear that there is still a place in his team for a player who has fallen out of favour at the club for quite a while.
The Arsenal manager changed his system to three men at the back towards the end of last season after witnessing a dramatic dip in form from the Gunners.
But with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain no longer available to be Hector Bellerin’s understudy, Mathieu Debuchy has recently been recalled into action by the Arsenal boss.
And according to Wenger, the French defender, who featured in last week’s League Cup clash with Norwich City, will now be a ‘candidate’ for a place in the first team despite rumours that Debuchy still wants to leave the club.
“Everybody in the medical department just says he’s professional.” the Gunners manager was quoted as saying by Metro
“We are all very pleased for him because he has gone through some very difficult moments with setbacks.”
“The fact that he got through 120 minutes the other night (against Norwich) is a big boost for him. ‘He’ll be a candidate now to fight for the team places again.”
Wenger’s confirmation that Debuchy will be competing with the first team comes after he was demoted to the reserves during the second half of last season.