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It’s the international break, so usually rumours are difficult to come by, but since the echo remains from the sound of the transfer window door slamming shut, we’ve got plenty to deliver today.
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Arsenal fans have been readily praising the emergence of Hector Bellerin at the Emirates Stadium over the past year or so, but it’s time to spare a thought for the Gunners’ forgotten man; Mathieu Debuchy.
The Frenchman has struggled with injuries since joining the north London giants from Newcastle, and he’s now admitted he did consider leaving when Arsene Wenger favoured Bellerin for the right-back berth in the Community Shield against Chelsea.
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“It is difficult,” Debuchy said, as relayed by the Evening Standard.
“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 crossed my mind (leaving)... But I want to be at Arsenal and to take my place.”
The story does have a happy ending as Debuchy also confirmed he wanted to stay and fight for his place. It makes for an interesting topic to keep an eye on in the future though
Elsewhere former Gunners midfielder Paul Merson has slammed Wenger over his perceived transfer failings this summer.
The pundit accused Arsenal’s boss of cheating the fans by not splashing out on a huge signing, with Petr Cech the only senior player to have arrived before the deadline.
That’s despite the fact Wenger was linked with plenty of transfer targets around Europe. Let us know in the comments box below if you think Merson has a point.
Oxlade-Chamberlain on Neville
Lastly we turn to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has confirmed that England players don’t take criticisms made by Gary Neville to heart.
The former Manchester United man has developed a reputation as a tough-talking pundit who examines players in search of flaws, but Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed he liked watching him on Monday Night Football.
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