Mathieu Debuchy says he must leave Arsenal in the current transfer window in order to find regular first-team football again.
The French international full-back has been frozen out by Arsene Wenger at the Gunners this season, with Hector Bellerin making the right-back position his own.
Debuchy, capped 27 times by France, has made just two Premier League starts this term for Arsenal and could find his place in Les Blues squad for Euro 2016 under threat if he cannot find himself an opportunity to impress boss Didier Deschamps over the second half of the season.
The player says there are various options on the table, with Aston Villa boss Remi Garde keen to take him on loan for the remainder of the season.
Debuchy confirmed he has already talked to the Villa boss about a move, but the perilous position the club find themselves in could be a stumbling block.
“Aston Villa are in great difficulty and that’s why I’m taking time before making a decision. They’re a big English club and I’m not ruling out the possibility,” he said. “I have also talked to Remi Garde over the phone.”
Debuchy told French newspaper L’Equipe that he simply has to find a way out of Arsenal during the current transfer window.
“It’s true that there are clubs looking to sign me and right now I’m assessing my options,” he added.
“Whatever happens, I want to leave, even on loan. I can’t stay at Arsenal.”
Euro 2016 hosts France are in Group A alongside Switzerland, Romania and Albania for the finals. France are 1.36 to win their group and they are favourites at 3.75 to win the European Championships for the third time.