Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy revealed that he thought about leaving the club after losing his first team role to Hector Bellerin, according to reports from the Metro.
The 30-year-old struggled with injury throughout his debut campaign following his move from Newcastle United back in the summer of 2014.
His unavailability forced manager Arsene Wenger to promote Bellerin from the youth team to fill the void, a move which eventually saw the youngster earn himself a permanent role in the senior squad.
Debuchy admitted via L’Equipe that he thought he would be given his usual right-back role once he returned to full fitness, but was disappointed after he was snubbed for the Spaniard during the Community Shield.
“It is difficult,” he said.
“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.”
He will now be forced to fight for his place, a factor that could also see Bellerin increase his performance in order to guarantee that he features regularly.
The France international only registered 10 Premier League starts last term and has so far played just 67 minutes for his side this season.