Arsenal FC have completed the signing French international Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United.
Mathieu Debuchy has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer as the Gunners looked to replace Bacary Sagna, who joined Manchester City, and the London club have now officially revealed him as their second signing of the season.
Debuchy joined Newcastle United from Lille in January transfer window of 2013 and became a permanent fixture in the line-up since his arrival. The 29-year-old right back made 28 starts in the league for Newcastle United last season and produced some eye catching performances.
Debuchy earned a place in the French national team squad that flew to Brazil and became their first choice right back, ahead of former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.
Arsenal are expected to spend heavily in this transfer market and a new right back was at the top of their priority list after Bacary Sagna decided to join Manchester City. The Gunners have been linked with a lot of possible replacement for the Frenchmen. Arsenal were initially considering a move for Toulouse defender Serge Aurier, but Arsene Wenger was keen to add a more experienced player to his squad. While another target, Atletico Madrid right back Juanfran, decided to extend his contract with the Spanish club.
Debuchy has now completed his move to the Emirates and he is looking forward to playing in the Champions League with Arsenal.
“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.” – Debuchy said.
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Arsene Wenger expressed his delight at completing this deal and is banking on his experience to deliver for them in the league.
“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.” – The Arsenal manager said.