Arsenal have completed their second transfer deal of the summer by recruiting Newcastle United’s Mathieu Debuchy for a fee in the region of £10 million.
A direct replacement for the recently departed Bacary Sagna – he even has a wife called Ludivine (!) – 28-year-old Debuchy arrives at the Emirates following 18 months on Tyneside and having consolidated his credentials as France’s first choice right-back at the 2014 World Cup.
Prior to his £5.5 million move to Newcastle, Debuchy spent a decade on the books at Lille winning the 2010/11 Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye and ex-Gunner Gervinho.
Reflecting on his move to N5, Debuchy said he was excited about joining the reigning FA Cup holders.
“I’m very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colours, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the whole world.
“I’m looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger and to helping the team build on last season’s FA Cup success. Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies.
Arsene Wenger also praised his newest acquisition saying, “We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club. He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France.
“He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us.”
Arseblog News welcomes Mathieu to the club and looks forward to seeing him bomb down the right flank in the number 2 shirt.
The shirt number hasn’t been confirmed but that’s what we’re looking forward to. Plus the number is free and it’s the right back’s number, so it makes all the sense.