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Arsenal Right Back Among Transfer Spenders

Arsenal have formally announced that French right back Mathieu Debuchy has signed for the club for an undisclosed fee variously reported as between £10m and £12m. As a seasoned player with more than 300 appearances for Lille Debuchy has also played some 40 plus PL games for Newcastle and is also current first pick for his national team France replacing Bacary Sagna first for his country and now his club.

His time with Lille also includes some 18 champion's league outings so he slots into the squad as a player with extensive experience of both CL and PL football. Rather as with a former right back Lauren, Debuchy started his career as a defensive midfielder. reports Arsene Wenger 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.'

Mathieu Debuchy responded saying: '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.'

Having signed a forward in Sanchez and now filling the position of right back created with the departure of Sagna the squad is really just left with the need for another keeper. Any further squad additions, if deemed necessary, would probably depend on some departures as well as the availability of those few players who might be seen as adding genuine value to the squad. With spending now approaching a reported £50m the likelihood of further big name signings without some compensating recovery from player sales probably shouldn't be considered too highly.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 17 2014

Time: 6:56PM

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I'll be pleased with a Schneiderlin shaped DCM rather than Özils mate who according to reports is asking far too much. Es tut mir leid aber Herr Khedira.
Chippy Brady
Other than that I'm happy with our new right back!
Chippy Brady
Great to have that one sorted. Welcome to North London and to the greatest team in the City, Debuchy.
Excellent signing for what I guess we have to consider a reletively cheap transfer fee in this day and age. A defenisve midfielder and a back up goalie and I'd say we're all set for a barn storming season!
After a GK the next signing might be dependent on what happens with Vermaelen.
Doesn't Fathi play centre back and defensive midfield?
With Diaby now available, expect the manager to start considering the necessity of a new DM, perhaps until the winter window. A GK should follow and we see how the boys shape up in pre-season; then, one or two more deadline signings, maybe. It is going to be one of the shortest pre-seasons I can remember. Just 4 games before the community shield.
What are the odds fans sing 'pass Debuchy 'pon da right hand side' on his debut? I hope we do better than just that, especially if he lives up to his billing.
Aside from GK I wish we promote from within to fill any or all perceived gaps. Although not always the case January window may turn out to be a buyers' market and we should be credible participants then.
Great signing, and an upgrade in the position IMO. We have replaced one player and added one excellent attacker. We still need a few players, but at this point we are, on paper anyway, better than we were at the end of the last season. The margins are so small - if that loss at Anfield had been an Arsenal win, we finish second and they finish fourth. That's why it is so important to get the squad right this year - Chelsea and Citeh both have impressive squads, but we aren't far off them.
Debuchy may prove a very astute signing - experience, especially premier league experience is a big plus over say a Janmaat or an Aurier. At 28, Debuchy is entering what hopefully will be his peak years. He has been impressive most times that I've seen him play at Newcastle and the world cup as well. His engine and athleticism is of a high grade. As an ex deep lying midfielder, Debuchy also has experience of seeing the game as a midfielder would do. All in all, it seems like a good signing on paper - wishing him a great career at The Arsenal.
About the mooted Khedira transfer - the benchmark on transfer fee has been set by the Toni Kroos transfer. Kroos is 3 years younger than Khedira, has no history of past ACL injuries and like Khedira had 1 year left on his contract. If Kroos was transferred for 20 million GBP, there is no way RM can ask for the same price for Khedira, quality player though he is. 10-12 million GBP seems to be a more fair price and I guess if Khedira remains unsold for another month, his asking price will dip drastically. Interested clubs could then arguably afford his salary demands as they would have to pay a lower transfer fee.
Quite right, Delta. Expect Debuchy to chip in with some goals too. One other thing he is sure to add is quick interchanges with the right sided midfielder, as an alternative outlet. He is, thus, less likely to frequently hit back passes, sometimes dangerously, at the first sign of obstruction of passage to the right winger in front of him. I hope that came out as well as I intended it to. Basically, Bac wasn't adept at switching his outlets, using the outside of his right foot, if needed, to play with the central midfielder. It is a flaw with his game I noted. This takes nothing away from his contributions and leadership at the back, but we could use an upgrade in that regard.
The was a post in response to Elbondo, then.
OT. Brendan Rogers opined that Sanchez has chosen Arsenal over Liverpool for purely Geographical reasons; not over the club's ambition. What won't one read on this subject. Whatever you say, Brendan. Now, let it be.
*what more will one read on...?*
Excellent signing. Welcome to the Emirates, Mathieu. I will miss Sagna but I hope Debuchy fits in seamlessly. I hear his wife's name is Ludivine also. So in terms of WAGs, that identity hasn't changed. Lol
I don't think we need Khedira, cos he's not the typical deep lying defensive midfielder who serves to screen the back 4 from the opposition. Khedira is rather adventurous, just like Ramsey and Diaby. I believe we require a DM who is content to sit and protect the defense, who isn't afraid to tackle and would get away without being booked. The only player who is close to that in the current squad is Arteta. And I think that has to do more with age than ability.Whether Wenger thinks this type of player is necessary is another question. We can get by with the midfield we have got at the moment but as serious title contenders, I think we should do more than just getting by. And let's face it, Arteta and Flamini are not as athletic as they used to be. I recall many-a-counter last season when pacy players just breezed past Arteta like a knife through soft butter. And for Diaby, given his long and sad history with injuries, I won't rely on him for the entire season. He's a talented player no doubt but dunno if his shaky legs can go 38 games. We need a DM and a backup GK, then I think we are done.

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