Mathieu Debuchy played just one match for the Gunners last season – a 16 minute run against AFC Bournemouth last year November – and is yet to play for the senior team this campaign.
But the Frenchman, who played 45 minutes for the reserves team earlier this week, could be welcomed back to first-team duties when Arsenal take on Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League.
The 32-year-old would likely replace Hector Bellerin on the right-side of the backline, giving a much-needed break for the Spain international who has featured in all-but two matches this League season.
Arsene Wenger said in his pre-match presser: “It’s a possibility [Mathieu Debuchy] starts [the Europa league match] today. He has not played [for Arsenal] for a long time.”
The Gunners sit top of UEFA Europa League Group H after defeating BATE Borisov and German side FC Koln in their opening two games.
Arsene Wenger is expecting an terrifying atmosphere at the Rajko Mitic Stadium but insists his team’s experience in the UEFA Champions League will prepare his side.