Confirmed: Debuchy signs for Arsenal


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.


  1. welcome to arsenal mate. more coming. cant wait for the season to begin. We are the gunners. The cup holders

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    • Even if we did get Bender I would very much hope that that would not be all. We definitely would still need a Gk and most probably a CB as Debuchy can not play CB like Sagna could.

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    • Bender would be good but I’m not ruling out Khedira just yet. Raphael Honigstein (German Guadian journalist, pretty reliable) said Khedira has definitely said that he wants to join us.

      Strongly agree about needing a central defender and a keeper. A solid defence, including the second choices, is vital, especially if we sign Khedira who’s more attacking than Bender (probably why Wenger prefers him). Good though Merte/Kos are, we shouldn’t forget how many Chelsea, City and Liverpool scored; nor the fact that even Hull managed two. I’m almost sorry that BT seem to have come to their senses and pulled their obnoxious ad. Quite helpful of them to remind Wenger that he mustn’t forget about the back five.

      Looks like Remy is going to Liverpool. Really glad we rejected him and his arrogant wage demands.

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    • I’m at a happy place where I’d be equally happy with both Khedira and Bender (although they’d probably have different tactical ramification, they’re both excellent players).

      Once we sign a goalkeeper, we’ll basically have last season’s squad plus Sanchez!

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      • I’m also not discounting the possibility of Khedira being a smokescreen for someone else. A mate and I were actually making a list of all the DMs in Europe to see just who that out-of-nowhere signing could be. We’ve already done it twice in the last year, Di Maria for Ozil, Balotelli/Remy for Sanchez (and Draxler for Kallstrom, heh).

        I wonder if we’ll get someone like Javi Martinez, who can play in holding midfielder as well as defence (I’m not saying we’ll get Martinez). Wenger likes versatile players.

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  2. Job well done. This is all very weird isn’t it. Being proactive.
    I wouldn’t be opposed to one mad late trolley dash.

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  3. Glad he’s here, although a small part of me pines for the attacking flair and defensive, eh, unpredictability (but that’s what football’s all about, right?) of Aurier.

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    • Reckon Arsene’s probably called this right. A high probability of stability, and by the time Debuchy is Sagna’s age we should know if Jenks and Bellerin can eventually take over. I wouldn’t be surprised if the fee was well short of 10m either, Ashley will likely to have been keen for a younger gamble (Debuchy’s about to turn 29).

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  4. A direct replacement for the recently
    departed Bacary Sagna – he even has a
    wife called Ludivine.
    thank you mr blogs

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    • While any one of Khedira, Bender, or Schneiderlin would suit me nicely, I think a CB and either Ospina or Ochoa is the more urgent issue. We’ve only got one goalkeeper right now, and until Per gets back from his hols, we’ve only got two CBs.

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      • We do indeed have very good ground staff, they put an incredible amount of work ”in the pitch”, though I can’t see Stan out there with a pitchfork to be honest.

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      • Right backs don’t win you titles Fat Gooner, but they can ensure that you don’t lose them. Just ask Eboue!

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      • In Carl Jenkinson and Hector Bellerin, we already have the cheap young players for that position. Signing an experienced right back like Debuchy to help those two develop seems perfectly prudent to me.

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      • look at the umbers, Sagna was the best, once. not so much post 2 leg breaks, good but just that, good, and so is Debuchy, the very act of replacing a good rb with a good rb and signing a quality striker ..(world class?) means we have strengthened. few more needed

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      • We lost the second-best right back on the French national team and replaced him with the best one. Hard to see anything wrong with that. As for return on investment – we paid what, seven million quid for Sagna? And he left on a free. Therefore, by your logic, he was a bad investment and we should never have bought him. Nice try.

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        • I agree it’s a solid replacement – but it’s worth noting that although Deschamps thinks Debuchy is better than Sagna for France, that doesn’t necessarily mean Debuchy is better than Sagna for Arsenal. He may not fit in as well bla bla bla etc. Time will tell.

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      • I’m on to you fat gooner you are unmasked….you are really spoilt bastard from Viz and I claim my prize. Call me old fashioned but I blame John Terry (the cunt)

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      • “That doesn’t sound like the fiscal prudence with which we normally associate our glorious leader” so Wenger is miserly and he takes the heat then he starts spending money and he’s still taking heat! where the hell have you been the last few months? are you even an Arsenal fan? Could someone bother explaining to him why we’ve had to be fiscally prudent the last ten years and why this is no longer an issue? i’ve had enough of my fair share of debates with idiotic, shortsighted so-called fans about this and i’m quite sick of having to keep pointing it out!

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  5. Ludivine Debuchy… now just to find her Twitter page 😀

    I’m sure her and Alexis’ lady will fill the GunnerWAG shaped hole in my life

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  6. Hold the fucking phone. Are we gonna have all our business done before emirates cup? What will we watch on deadline day???

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  7. good news, had a nap woke up and we signed him, also had 1 before i found out about sanchez, i promise you gooners, i shall nap more!

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    • How long would you have to sleep for us to win the league or are your napping powers transfer specific?

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      • i fear they might be transfer specific, i’ll try high dose german beer fueled nap and see what i can accomplish

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      • Perhaps Arseblog can organise some sort of mass napping, to see if that has any effect.

        Although now that I think on it that would also just be known as “nighttime”, so perhaps not.

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        • It’s nighttime here, but I’m right here reading Arseblog. Sorry to let the team down.

          Later on I might try the Schnapps and naps trick. If it works then Khedira should be ours in about 18 hours.

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        • And if we want to use our napping power to win the league, let’s all just watch a Spurms vs. QPR match. That could put millions to sleep!

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    • I ordered & paid “Together” on the day Sanchez was announced. It arrived today.

      The rest of you lot – buy the book now! It has magical powers I tell you! If we still haven’t signed a CB on deadline I will most likely end up buying another copy….

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      • Also, once you have ordered it, have a nap. You deserve it, and it seems to bring good transfer mojo to the Arsenal. It is also possible that ramsey’s spirit naps a lot.

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  8. Good signing in defence. Sanchez signing was excellent too, I still wake up and think about him and smile.

    But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Long way to go. Need a midfield signing, a centre back, and probably another option up front before we can consider ourselves title challengers. We have to use our resources this time and not just settle for ‘one or two’ – if we do that, it will likely be 4th again with our rivals strengthening around us.

    If we can bring in one or two more big names on Sanchez level, then I think we can do epic things. And we have the money to easily do that. Let’s do it.

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  9. I like debuchy buchy, I like debuchy buchy, I like debuchy buchy, we like.. debuchy!

    Welcome to the greatest club on earth Matt.

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  10. But people (in the glow of winning the FA Cup I must add) said yes we won an (all of a sudden) minor trophy and that things wouldn’t be any different this summer…

    Fucking amazing time to be a Gooner.

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    • ManUre-supporting bloke in the pub I go to Friday afternoons told me two weeks ago “Arsenal are going nowhere. No-one wants to play for them and they won’t sign anybody this transfer window.” He didn’t show up last Friday after the Sanchez signing. Hopefully he’ll be there tomorrow so I can rub his face in Sanchez and now Debuchy. Be even better if we’ve signed a CB and a goalkeeper by tomorrow afternoon, too.

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    • May the best man win – don’t mind which of them takes the slot, so long as they perform. Competition, that’s what it’s all about.

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      • I live in Newcastle and watch the games with friends all the time. He’s a selfish, reckless player. We can’t slate players like Shawcross on one hand then happily welcome someone with the same tendencies with the other. I’m not saying he’s as bad as him just to be clear, Lenny is a giant steamy shit of a player while Debuchy is something of a wet fart.

        I know not everyone agrees and that’s cool with me but I just can’t stand the guy as a player no matter what badge he has on his chest.

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  11. well I can’t say I saw that one coming…

    oh no, wait, I can. A decent signing. If he keeps Sagna out of the France team then that can’t be a bad thing. His hair is just as bad too so it’s a pretty nice swap.
    Now if we can get another centre back (or two if Vermaelen leaves) and a keeper then I think we’re pretty much good to go.
    If we sign another midfielder (Khedira/Bender/Schneiderlin) then that would be a lovely bonus but I’d really like the other positions dealt with first. Another striker would be the sugar on the cherry on top but I don’t think it’s essential.

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  12. You were right blogs No.2…


    Step 1: Claim you have an inside source that 23 weeks ago told you he would be wearing No.2

    Step 2: Brand yourself ITK

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  13. Great signing. Giroud must be very happy right now, if you know what i mean. #frenchKiss! 😉 #COYG

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  14. Anil. You’re a fucking scumbag, I won’t wish ill will on you, but that joke was insensitive and you should think before you write such stupid comments, . I hope bloggs bans you! I accidental thumbed that up! Disgusted!

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  15. Okay, we’re two for two on fantastic signings so far. Welcome to Arsenal, Matthieu, the greatest club in the world!

    I can’t wait to see what the rest of this transfer window will bring.

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  16. Just got news that MAS-17 got shot down, all dead. As a Malaysian, we are still waiting for news of MH-370 which disappeared, and now this. Hugely sadden, I should be happy for Debuchy’s confirmation but this just took the happiness away. Condolences.

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    • I am just posting here to ensure that the post below by Toure Motors does not come across as a sick joke.

      There are things that are more important than 22 grown men chasing a round thing on a pitch of grass, I wish we could collectively remind ourselves of that more often.

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    • I’m so sorry mate. Work with a lot of ex MH crew at Emirates, they are such quality people…was really happy about the Arsenal as well, but now just feel so gutted we’ve lost another 15 fellow crew and 280 innocent passengers in such a horrible way. Fuck 🙁

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  17. I don’t understand? Arsenal buying players in good time to start the new season giving them time to get? And not even players I’ve never heard of? Top world class players that play for their national teams. I’m worried that I’m asleep and this isn’t having. No fuss, no usual drama of who wants to leave and to where. Why couldn’t every season be like this. Someone pinch me!

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  18. Somebody Pinch me! We have just spent over £40 million on 2 players! With potentially more to come. I can’t remember the last time we have been so aggresive in the transfer market and I have supported this club for 25 years!

    What a great time to be a gooner. Sun is shining, showing off my new puma arsenal with my beer guy proudly on show.


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  19. He looks a little bit like James Purefoy of *Rome and other dramas, mainly romantic ones. I wonder if he’ll snog Oli at a game?

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  20. Thank you Arsene. It’s not only the signings that make me Happy but the timing also. We are doing them early. It’s good for my sanity and blood pressure. I can’t wait for next season with my confidence fully restored.

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  21. Well as much as I love this early signings, late August is shaping up to be very boring indeed! Welcome Monsieur Mathieu..

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  22. Woah, two first team players before we even start a pre-season game? I remember like it was yesterday waiting all day on deadline day for the club to announce the signing of David Villa, but instead we got nacho ( Not complaining ). It feels so nice when we are proactive in the transfer market, too bad that twat Owen can’t go into hibernation and sleep in his own shit for a few months, saying we won’t get top 4, he said the same last season the thundercuntingtwat.

    Anyway, people calling out for a centre back should be hoping for a defensive minded midfielder who can slot in as the 4th choice but also play alot of games ( think alex song ), Bender would be my preferred option. We have a very good 3rd choice in Verm and also 5th choice could be one of the young guns, Hayden or miquel.
    I for one can’t wait for the start of pre-season to get a look at all the fringe players too!

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  23. Now for an actual football post: I see people saying we need a centre back… We need TWO centre backs. For me, Vermaelen doesn’t cut it. He never has, even in his first season with all the hyperbole, his poor positioning and rash challenges were overlooked in part due to his goalscoring and swashbuckling… Cash in, get a young defender, and maybe an older one such as Godin. I’d even take Hangeland – he’s free – and was excellent up until last year with injuries.

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  24. Welcome to Arsenal Debuchy.
    I love the way Arsenal makes the media look stupid as many of them have always being. The noise about Balotelli, then we got Alexis. A lot of noise about Aurier and then we got Debuchy. Both of them have been of better quality than what we’ve been linked with. We’ve had a lot of noise about Khedira, who knows a player of better quality that we will get soon.
    1 signing a week now I guess. I expect 2 more (1 DM and 1 GK) within the next 2 weeks.
    My sincere shout out goes to all the true Gunners that identified themselves with the team when we cannot afford to compete in the market. Up or down, we are gunners! Now things are looking up…Enjoy the success

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  25. Welcome Debuchey! Hope you provide the level of quality we are accustomed to seeing from your predecessor. Also hope your WAG is a hot as Mrs Sagna

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  26. A 1:1 replacement for Sagna as far as I’m concerned. Excellent signing.

    Also, I see that some people around here have a connection to either Malaysia Airlines or the plane in question. My heartfelt condolences. A tragedy like this simply shouldn’t happen.

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  27. Good signing, if we get ourselves a DM and a CB than I feel we can really hit the ground running and challenge on all fronts this year. With a kinder champions league draw (fingers crossed) hoping to go further than last sixteen. Did anyone get the impression that Van Gal was hinting that United are still going to be a bit shit again this season in his press conference ? The way he was like when I was at Barca best league in the world, Bayern best league in the world. I get the impression he doesn’t really understand that the strength of this league is the quality of some of the lesser teams. He might in for a shock at the likes of Crystal Palace, Stoke, Southampton, Swansea etc.

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    • Am I cruel to hope that United have a worst season this time around than last time?

      I’ve had it with Manure lording it over us for the last 7 years, especially as they even continued to do it throughout last season. They currently believe they’re going back to the top four or beyond because they have Van Gaal. I want to see them fail with a good manager so that they finally understand they are a truly mid-table team.

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  28. This for all the fans who stood by wenger and arsenal, but particularly wenger, throughout the last few years. Yes we got frustrated like everyone else, but we stood by him. The others, you know who you are, marvel at HIS genius and beg forgiveness.

    Exciting times!

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  29. I have been following arseblog for very many years now. I became an Arsenal fan in 2003 after watching some glorious football each weekend. And fair to say, it was arseblog who kept it all together for me during those dry spells.

    This is a great signing. I was really worried about the Sagna situation. He has been amazing all these years and I never knew how we could let him go to SheikhC like that. But the club had a plan. This has been a great transfer window so far. And I can’t wait for the season to begin.

    More than AFC, I want to win those Effin trophies for Arsene Wenger to lift! What a man! He has willingly chosen the difficult path, painfully taking it on him all this while. And I am glad to say, the next glorious chapter is almost here. COYG! Cheers Arsene! You deserve it more than anyone else.

    On and upwards!

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  30. He runs where he wants, he runs where he wannnnnts, Matthieu Debouchy he runs where he wants.

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  31. Solid signing. Experienced player, PL experience, french international and a good mentor for both Jenkinson and Bellerin. Really happy.

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  32. Debuchy is a better option than Aurier simply in that he won’t miss a month of the season playing in the African Cup of Nations, see Gervinho, Song, Toure bros.

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  33. Is Arseblog predicting the future again with Debuchy taking #2?

    Can you guys predict something we can all bet on and make some money?

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  34. Welcome debuchy!! Now for a keeper a dm and possibly a cb,think khedira will go where the cash is and bender will end up just like draxler and wont budge,can possibly see a last minute grab for the outcast that is fellaini? To be honest i hope im wrong coyg!

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  35. Hold on, this is Arsenal and you are telling me that we’ve signed one of the best attacking players in the world, signed a competent right back and both our first choice fullbacks will be wearing ‘2’ and ‘3’ as they rightly should be,,,,and it’s not August 31 yet?,,,,,someone pinch me.

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  36. The wanky tottenham hotpsurs we to Rome to see the pope and this is wat he said whos that team we call the arsenal

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  37. I loved Bac as a servant and committed member of our squad but I’m glad 80% of crosses from the right won’t hit the first man any more. Jenko’s cross to find Bendtner earlier v Hull? remains a highlight. Good luck v Zabaleta.

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  38. Good signing, and the best thing is that there will not be any adjustment period.

    But I read that Mourinho is letting Mikel go and he wants Khedira as his replacement. So now Wenger got some competition if there is truth to this. But to me a more solid defensive midfielder would be a better signing than another box to box like Ramsey. But im sure Wenger got all his ducks in a row. Nothing to do but trust in his decisions.

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  39. 2m over my valuation. Thought he might go for 8m but 10m is a decent price for :

    1) A RB who is seasoned in the PL and ready to go where Aurier may have transitional issues.

    2) A RB who has recently kept Sagna out of the first team for France

    3) A player @28 who will afford us some leeway over the next 2 seasons to fully assess both Jenkinson and Bellerin.

    Cos Media would paint a different picture and tell us how he can’t defend or how he can’t put in crosses like Sagna neglecting the fact that until last season, Sagna’s crosses barely rose above knee level.

    That’s RB sorted.

    We need a Cback now. DM can wait next summer.

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