By Will Butcher
Arsene Wenger has revealed that Mathieu Debuchy was close to being given a recall ahead of Arsenal’s Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
The French star is close to finally putting his injury demons behind him, after almost completing 90 minutes with the Gunners’ development side.
Speaking ahead of the Group A clash against the French champions, Wenger revealed that he had considered giving the former Newcastle defender his first Arsenal appearance in a year.
“Debuchy is close now,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website. “He played only 70 minutes in the under-23s, I was hesitating to include him tomorrow.
“But for me, still, it is not enough competition to say I can throw him in in a Champions League game with the intensity of one of those games, and that he will be comfortable.
“I think he still needs one or two weeks. If he gets through this week well, I think he will come back into the group.”
The 31-year-old right-back has endured a difficult stay in North London since his £12million move from Newcastle in the summer of 2014, last featuring for the Gunners against Dinamo Zagreb on November 24 last year.
A number of injuries has seen him make just 21 appearances for the Gunners, with Hector Bellerin now established as Wenger’s first-choice right-back.
Debuchy moved on loan to Bordeaux last term in order to gain first-team football, but managed just nine senior appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Although the PSG game has come around too soon for Debuchy according to Wenger, Arsenal’s number two could play some part against Bournemouth on Sunday.
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