Arsene Wenger says he’s pleased to see Mathieu Debuchy back in action, and suggested the Frenchman might have a future in as a centre-half.
The 32 signed from Newcastle as a right-back, but injuries saw him lose his place to Hector Bellerin, and subsequent fitness issues have meant he’s spent most of his career at the club sidelined.
This season he has played in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League, impressing as one of the members of the back three in those games, and it’s something the manager has taken notice of.
“We are all very pleased for him because he has been through some very difficult moments with setbacks,” he said.
“Maybe his future is as a centre back. He has the attributes because, despite his size, he is very good in the air.
“You think he couldn’t play centre back because he’s not tall, but if you look at the number of balls he wins in the air it’s impressive.”
Wenger also had some words of praise for his character, saying, “Mathieu is absolutely strong and determined as well.
“He’s a quiet character but a strong one. I must say he is 100 per cent a professional player.”
Deubchy is in line for another start on Thursday when the Gunners face Red Star Belgrade at the Emirates.