Mathieu Debuchy has surprisingly accused Arsene Wenger of misleading him about his future at Arsenal.
The French full-back is believed to leaving this January with another EPL club Aston Villa and German side Bayer Leverkusen among the interested clubs who have reached out to the Arsenal defender.
The £12m signing from Newcastle has managed to make just two Premier League appearances this term, the last one on 8th November.
During an interview with L’Equipe when asked if he regrets not leaving last summer, Debuchy admits: “Yes, clearly I have lost six months.
“I would have preferred to have left last summer but the coach told me I would have my chance. It was not the case.
“I don’t know who is responsible. Last year, I was injured (shoulder) and I was out a long time and Bellerin played well.” The defender remains frustrated.
“This summer, I had a good pre-season and I was ready to begin the season as a starter but the coach decided otherwise. That is competition, no problem. That is football.”
Debuchy, France’s first-choice right-back during the last World Cup, now desperately needs to get back into contention for his home Euro this year.
Aston Villa coach Remi Garde has already made contact with him to tempt him to the Premier League’s bottom club.
“They are among the teams who want me,” Debuchy further said. “I am looking at everything but it is not an option I have ruled out. It could be a great challenge (at Villa).
“Even if they are currently in trouble, Aston Villa are one of the big English clubs. I also had the coach on the phone.
“The conversation went well. Whatever happens, even if it is to come back here in the summer and leave again, I have to leave this winter. I cannot stay at Arsenal.”
Apart from Aston Villa, West Brom was also interested to sign him but last month Daily Mail reported that Wenger has tagged £1million for the frustrated defender.
The 30-year-old defender is under contract until 2019 but is keen to leave the Emirates during this January transfer window after losing his first team place to Hector Bellerin. He was actually the first choice of Arsene Wenger when he arrived in 2014 but due to repeated injuries and poor form have left him out of first team football.