Wenger explains Debuchy selection

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Hector Bellerin has been playing with an ankle injury for the last few games, and that was a key factor in his decision to start Mathieu Debuchy against Reading the weekend.

The French international hadn’t played since January when he suffered a dislocated collar bone in the win over Stoke, and seemed to find it hard going at times, as you would expect.

And while admitting it was a bit of a risk, the Arsenal manager backed the quality of the former Newcastle man to perform against the Championship side.

“It was a bit risky,” he said. “Bellerin has played recently with some ankle problems and Debuchy was back so I thought it was a good moment to do it.

“Debuchy had cramps just before the end of the game but I couldn’t change him, but he is a French international and must be capable of playing in a semi-final against Reading.”

And with Chelsea coming up next week, it’s probably not a coincidence that Debuchy was given some playing time to up his match fitness.

Let’s hope he didn’t suffer any ill effects from the 120 minutes.

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Alex Partridge
Alex Partridge
4 years ago

I still firmly believe theres a Jackson 5 Blame it on the boogie/Blame it on Debuchy song to be scribed…The only problem is that I cannot bare to blame anything on the beautiful Frenchman.

smokin'gunner
smokin'gunner
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Partridge

Opposing fans can sing it as their players shove Debuchy into the ground

Frank
Frank
4 years ago
Reply to  smokin'gunner

I always prefer that Marko Arnautovic’s name is mentioned as often as possible as the coward who pushed Debuchy while he was still in the air.

Blogs take note!

Dt
Dt
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Partridge

He came from Tyneside
He plays on our right side
He’s better than Clichy
He’s Mathieu Debuchy

(Really struggling to fit it in to the tune!)

Hurensohn
Hurensohn
4 years ago
Reply to  Dt

He used to play on Tyneside
Now he plays for the best side
He’ll take you out for sushi
Mathieu Debuchy

Xxxrob
Xxxrob
4 years ago
Reply to  Dt

He came down here from Tyneside
Spent time on the side lines
Now back on our right side
Matt debuchy!

Mc1892
Mc1892
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Partridge

“Mats, Debuchy p’on de right hand side” to Musical Youth’s Pass the Dutchie doesn’t get anywhere near the coerage it should do. Couldn’t be a more perfect fit.

Haydn
Haydn
4 years ago
Reply to  Mc1892

That is brilliant

G-Man
G-Man
4 years ago
Reply to  Mc1892

THIS.

Policeman's Bangers 'N' Mash
Policeman's Bangers 'N' Mash
4 years ago
Reply to  Alex Partridge

Debuchy Debucy!
He costs a lot like Gucci.
We didn’t buy him for booty.
Just a fucking FA Cup trophy.

Hoogy
Hoogy
4 years ago

Or not

Gareth Murray
Gareth Murray
4 years ago

It did seem an odd selection, but with Chelsea coming up it was probably the right one. Overall though I thought Arsene did underestimate Reading and playing with two full backs with little playing time recently probably contributed to our mediocre display.

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike
4 years ago
Reply to  Gareth Murray

On the other hand, we won, and Gibbs and Debuchy got some much-needed match time. We need to keep the squad fired up and ready, we’re going to need them some time anyway. I believe it was the right call (even without Bellern’s ankle problem). If we hadn’t needed to replace th BFG, I also believe Wilshere might have got some first-team time on the pitch, too.

SB
SB
4 years ago

Let’s beat those cunts and push away from the Manchester clubs.

Any club/manager will have to out spend Wenger to finish above us even then most are not successful or in Tots case never!

CJ
CJ
4 years ago

Calum Chambers?

DFS
DFS
4 years ago
Reply to  CJ

Precisely…there seems to be a lot of backtracking to explain dubious choices and a lack of preparation.

DFS
DFS
4 years ago
Reply to  DFS

Sometimes getting thumbed down is a badge of honor…especially amusing as Debuchy himself has now admitted he wasn’t fit.

Additionally, regarding the preparation against Burnley and Reading …Wenger and players expressed ‘surprise’ both teams gave us a game. This would be one team fighting relegation and the other in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

Monaco redux.

PodB
PodB
4 years ago
Reply to  CJ

not at right back tks ….

we need a Kiwi aka Winston Reid proven hard in ell … Gabriel still learning … and Benteke at worst nxt season to compete with OG

PodB
PodB
4 years ago
Reply to  PodB

who then? we almost blew semi and Coq may explode under stress

gunnanerama
gunnanerama
4 years ago

Does that mean Debuchy will start against those arseholes from West London? On yesterdays performance I’m a little confused as to whether that’s a good idea??

Ramsey's Spirit
Ramsey's Spirit
4 years ago
Reply to  gunnanerama

hopefully, the extra experience should help, and if we end up 1 up trying to hold on having bellerin ready for all the fullbacks is a decent option

gooner 44
gooner 44
4 years ago

its not experience he needs its game time,
getting match fit, this boys a top player

Ramsey's Spirit
Ramsey's Spirit
4 years ago
Reply to  gooner 44

yes it is, but experience IS game time, plus Bellerin is carrying an injury, so lets not aggravate it.

K9ine
K9ine
4 years ago

Would rather play debuchy and bellerin on the right ahead of Ramsey to checkmate hazard. We maintain both defensive stability and penetrative width. Nothing against Ramsey but let’s use bellerin the defensive winger. He can cross, score and defend

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair
4 years ago
Reply to  K9ine

Whereas Ramsey can do none of those things.

k9ine
k9ine
4 years ago

Ramsey can yes, but the issue is containing Hazard who is not only quick but on form, We have seen bellerin with a propensity to lunge in at quick players, this is risky with hazard who loves diving into the face of players to win free kicks and penalties. Mat is rusty but also prone to the occassional lunge. so the best way is to either double team him or cut off his supply which is extremely difficult with fabregas and azpilicueta. Ramsey drifts in so much that either of them alone will be exposed on the counter, Feel free… Read more »

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
4 years ago
Reply to  gunnanerama

I agree. Start Bellerin

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Dubuchy in for Chelski game to sort out any Hazard!

Aedan
Aedan
4 years ago

Can’t argue with that

Dodgerz
Dodgerz
4 years ago

I hope he improves on the Chelsea outing.

DialSquareGoon
DialSquareGoon
4 years ago

Id rather see Bellerin play against Chelsea, actually

Juxta Position
Juxta Position
4 years ago

A bit unfair to Bellerin to be dropped and replaced by Debuchy. If it’s for injury concerns, that’s one thing. But if he’s fit and healthy for Chelsea but Wenger persists with Debuchy anyway, I think that would be a bit harsh, plus Hector is on his game atm. And I’m a big Debuchy fan btw, so I’m not hating.

SoqedHozi
SoqedHozi
4 years ago

If Debuchy plays you would think gibbs has to as well, for the sake of balance. Monreal is very debuchy-esque and has played well when balanced by the gibbs-like bellerin.

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  SoqedHozi

In that case fuck it play Bellerin!

Davey mac
Davey mac
4 years ago

All our full backs are quality. Chambers is lower down the pecking order but can still do a job if required. See him as the utility squad defender which at his age is great. I think you’ve got to go with Debuchy against Chelsea though. I rate Bellerin, especially going forward but he has had the occasional rush of blood to the head with the odd rash challenge that against a team like Chelsea could be the difference between winning and losing. I’d go Monreal on the other side purely based on consistency. He’s been on form recently and I… Read more »

Toni
Toni
4 years ago
Reply to  Davey mac

I would play Bellerin in the Chelsea game. He has been consistent enough and I think his muscles will endure the physicality better that Debuchy’s considering he has played more. Again, I think Hazard would outpace Debuchy too much. Bellerin can run him down then Debuchy can kill the game in the last half hour or so.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin
4 years ago

Most relevant arseblog news picture ever.

bournegooner
bournegooner
4 years ago

And for Bellerin to perform at the level he has with that injury goes to show the commitment he wants to put in to stay in the first 11. If the rest sorts it out, he has to start before Debuchy. Versus Chelsea is not a game we can let DeBuchy get his match fitness back.

MC
MC
4 years ago

Worst player on the pitch on Saturday. Not his fault, was well rusty as you’d expect. A week either side of the semi play your best side….surely? Saying that, we are there! Up the Arsenal!!!

bazza-wicks
bazza-wicks
4 years ago

if that was the case why didnt he play Debouchy in the under 21’s instead of Diaby a right back we need more than a midfielder in which we had JW fit to play that would of given him match fitness

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III
4 years ago
Reply to  bazza-wicks

Totally agreed, I was surprised he didn’t play at the time, and now looking back it seems like a very poor decision.

alx96
alx96
4 years ago

Dont you think Arsene had thought of that? And he didnt do it because of some reason?

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III
4 years ago
Reply to  alx96

Obviously he had some reason. Just because he thought of it, that means it was right? Debuchy had a poor game and was guilty of a few giveaways that on another day could have very easily led to goals for Reading. Was that part of Wenger’s plan?

Yqfgooner
Yqfgooner
4 years ago

8 days should be good enough to recover from the 120 minutes. C’mon lets do the rent boys

Rockett
Rockett
4 years ago

Bellerin is our future and will be the best right back in the country if he continues to play. However as always Wenger will fuck it up because he has his favorites thank god Arteta is still not fit or he would have started mark my words as soon as he is Coq will be dropped, Debuchy is French ????? the reason we are doing well is because injury has caused him to make the right choices and there is consistency the choice of Schezny playing in goal almost cost us since when does a goalkeeper need a rest ffs… Read more »

GoonerN16
4 years ago
Reply to  Rockett

Bollox…

Chimichanga Monreal (cuz that's way more fun to say)
Chimichanga Monreal (cuz that's way more fun to say)
4 years ago
Reply to  Rockett

Umm you do know we won, right?

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
4 years ago
Reply to  Rockett

HK1, is that you?

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott
4 years ago

Bellerin for the weekend game against Maureen, he’s shown he can play and his pace will be very useful against Eden. I’m totally behind the team no matter who Le Prof selects to start.

COYG!

John Griffiths
John Griffiths
4 years ago

Szczesny Debuchy Chambers Gabriel Gibbs Arteta Wilshere Walcott Oxlade-Chamberlain Rosicky Welbeck
Has any other teal got a better reserve side?!?!

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
4 years ago
Reply to  John Griffiths

I think most PL teams would kill to be able to put out a line-up like that. Sure we can quibble here and there over whether a player is first XI or second XI, but the gist of it is, our depth right now is second to none. And you haven’t even named Diaby, Zelalem, Akpom, or Gnabry. Amzaing depth we’ve got.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon
4 years ago

Bellerin is what you call talent. On. Shorter period of time he looks a class act than Jenkinson has ever did. All this within a shorter period of time to impress. Talented kid wow! play him.

Heroldgoon
Heroldgoon
4 years ago

Bellerin playing on a sprained ankle? says alot about Chambers then.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III
4 years ago
Reply to  Heroldgoon

Maybe, but it says more about Bellerin.

Al Gilmore
Al Gilmore
4 years ago

Of all the many things that get on my wick about fans – hindsight management is right up there with the worst. If Bellerin had played Saturday and broke down with an injury how many know – it – alls would have gone on about Wenger overplaying him? Then afterwards if Wenger had said he’d played him despite him having a small ankle problem, you’d have gone ballistic. How many of the same fans would have backed the manager had he said in July – I dont need to replace Sagna cos we have Jenks and Bellerin? Now they go… Read more »

David Seaman's Ponytail
David Seaman's Ponytail
4 years ago

The way bellerin has been playing I had no idea he had an injury! I agree with a few, Debuchy and Bellerin on the right against Chelski but hey, Wenger is manager not me!

Arsenal's Legend
Arsenal's Legend
4 years ago

Any one who played at right back should just curtail any potential hazard that may surface. Avoid penalty he is trickery when he is inside the box. Beat those cunts at the west side at all cost please.

Michael
Michael
4 years ago

He’s not only a French international but always has been better than Sagna.

Thabu Nyirongo
Thabu Nyirongo
4 years ago

am up for bellerin for chelsea game.hope am not hurting debuchy koz he is not fully back to his fitness incase he is a good left back.