Arsenal’s new right-back, Mathieu Debuchy, says that the lure of Arsene Wenger, as well as playing Champions League football, was instrumental in his decision to join the club.
The former Newcastle man played in Europe’s top competition with Lille and is eager to get back to the big stage, saying, “Yes, that’s why I’ve come. I’ve come here because I really want to play Champions League football again, it’s one of the biggest competitions in the world. Everyone wants to play in it.”
He also spoke about the attraction of playing under Arsene Wenger, like so many of his French compatriots before him.
“Everyone knows Arsène Wenger. Everyone knows he’s a great coach so of course, he had a part to play in me coming here.
“There are some really great players in this team. We saw that last season and I think it will be even better this season. As I just said, I hope there is more silverware to come in the next few years.”
He also took time to thank the fans of his former club.
“I only spent a year and half at Newcastle United and it was an extraordinary experience at a club with great fans.
“I thank them from the bottom of my heart because they really supported me during my time there and I hope they understand that I had a huge opportunity which I simply could not refuse.”
The Frenchman will wear the number 2 shirt for the Gunners.