It doesn’t take long to become a forgotten man at Arsenal.
Mathieu Debuchy has endured a frustrating season at the Emirates, featuring in the Premier League for just 16 minutes.
The defender recently claimed his situation was so bad that he no longer speaks to manager Arsene Wenger, except to say hello.
The Gunners boss isn’t allowing that suggestion to go down lightly. In fact, it hasn’t taken him long to correct it.
With the good grace you’d expect of the 67-year-old, he responded, per the Mirror:
“We speak. There is communication with all the players.
“It’s a little bit of a frustrated article from a player who is injured.”
As for the full-back’s claim that Manchester United put in an offer of him, Wenger made sure to pour cold water on that too.
“Manchester United didn’t make an offer for him. That is untrue. It is surprising to hear something like that.”
The Frenchman has made things very awkward for himself, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be getting his place in the starting XI back from Hector Bellerin anytime soon.
At 31, it was unclear whether Debuchy would have any future in north London regardless of these comments, but they’re hardly going to have helped matters.