Mathieu Debuchy is desperate for “a way out” of Arsenal and admits he was angry at Arsene Wenger for blocking a loan move to Manchester United last season.
The Frenchman has struggled to nail down a place in Wenger’s defence after joining the Gunners from Newcastle two and a half years ago, with injuries and the emergence of Hector Bellerin denying him a regular start.
Debuchy was handed his first start of the season against Bournemouth in November, but the 31-year-old lasted only 16 minutes before succumbing to a hamstring injury.
The right-back now accepts his Arsenal career is over.
“What do I want in the next window? A way out,” Debuchy said. “I want a new challenge, to get back involved, just to do my job well. I miss not having the excitement, the adrenaline.
“I had chances at the end of the window. Unfortunately the club did not want to release me. I had a good pre-season, I gave everything but from the first match, I was not in the squad. That was a real slap in the face.”
Debuchy received an offer from Man Utd last winter, with Louis van Gaal looking to strengthen his defensive ranks but Wenger refused to do business with the Red Devils and the full-back joined Bordeaux instead.
The former Lille defender admits he finds it hard to understand why he was prevented from heading to Old Trafford.
“I was not playing much, it was Manchester – there is not much more to say.
“For me, it was almost unexpected but the coach said no. It was something that I did not appreciate.
“He was not using me so I don’t see how it was in his interest. It is like that. I don’t want the hassle anymore.
Debuchy wants to put his Arsenal nightmare behind him by making a permanent move in January but with two and a half years left on his contract at the Emirates, the player accepts he is not in full control of his own destiny.
“I would prefer a straight transfer but I am just an employee. If the club says no to me, what can I do?,” he said.
“Have I asked for an explanation from Arsene Wenger? No, not since last January. Before my loan to Bordeaux, I was often in his office. But since, I have not felt the need, I have not wanted to. We greet each other, we say hello – nothing more.
“You have to see what presents itself,” he said. “I have a family, four children, that comes under consideration. And that is why, for example, I have not followed up some contacts in Turkey. It is up to me to work my way back to the top.”