Mathieu Debuchy may well be facing a meeting with Arsene Wenger after admitting he would love to finish his career away from north London.
Debuchy spent ten years in the Lille first-team, making over 200 appearances before leaving for St James' Park. Having come through the youth system, Debuchy spent 20 years in Lille colours and unsurprisingly still has a place in his heart for the Ligue 1 outfit.
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“I still have three and a half years contract at Arsenal, but to finish my career at Lille, that’s my goal.
He may be only one year into a four-year deal at the Emirates Stadium, but that has not stopped Debuchy from talking about a potential last hurrah with his first love.
The 29-year-old told La Voix des Sports: “I still have three and a half years contract at Arsenal, but to finish my career at Lille, that’s my goal.
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“I have already said, I would just finish there.
"But we do not know what can happen, that will be for the head of LOSC to decide, which coach, we do not know.
“But it is an important club for me and I would love to finish my career there.”
Debuchy has had a frustrating start to life as an Arsenal player, first spending three months out after damaging ankle ligaments in a freak fall against Manchester City in August and, shortly after returning, dislocating his shoulder in another freak accident.
The Frenchman crashed into the advertising boards after a cynical shove from Stoke City flop Marko Arnautovic and was ruled out for a further three months.
His absence has allowed Hector Bellerin to break through to the first team and the Spaniard has impressed. The 19-year-old scored a fantastic goal against Liverpool at the weekend and has impressed with his attack-first, defend-second attitude at right-back.
Debuchy is expected to regain his space in the first-team, but there is no doubt Arsene Wenger has a big decision to make. Bellerin is ready to become Arsenal's first-choice full-back and will find it hard to accept less game time after such a successful spell.
What would Arsenal fans do? Keep Hector Bellerin in the side or replace him as soon as Mathieu Debuchy is fully fit? Give us your opinion in the comment box below!
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