Mathieu Debuchy
Debuchy (left) says he will leave in January if not given assurances over a first-team role.Getty

West Bromwich Albion are considering a January approach for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy. He joined the Gunners from Newcastle United in 2014 and since then has struggled to cement a place in the starting lineup.

The France international suffered an injury setback last Septmeber, which allowed Arsene Wenger to field Hector Bellerin in the right-back position. The latter has been impressive since making his way into the squad and has been the first choice player in the full-back position, forcing Debuchy to settle for a place on the bench.

According to Italian publication Tutto Mercato Web, Italian giants Juventus and AS Roma have joined West Brom in the race to sign the defender. The Baggies will have competition from the Serie A outfits in landing Arsenal's unhappy defender.

The 30-year-old has only started in two league games this season and is unhappy with the lack of playing time. He was dropped from the squad during his national side's last two fixtures and Debuchy has admitted that he needs to play regular football in order to make it to Didier Deschamps's squad for next summer's European championship.

The Frenchman admitted that he will hold talks with Wenger in order to decide his future at the club, as his contract runs out in 2019. Debuchy hinted that the Arsenal manager had given him an option to leave in January if he was not happy at the club.

"At the moment I need game time," Debuchy told RMC. "I really need to play. Didier Deschamps didn't call me for the last two games (to play for France) so it is obvious. I've got to play more than I do, that is why I want to talk to Wenger soon."

"We need to talk about it, but we already had a chat in pre-season, and we agreed that we would talk again in December if I wasn't happy with my playing time. We're in December, so we'll see."