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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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Date:Thursday July 17 2014
Time: 6:56PM


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
17/07/2014 20:14:00
Other than that I'm happy with our new right back!
Chippy Brady
17/07/2014 20:17:00
Great to have that one sorted. Welcome to North London and to the greatest team in the City, Debuchy.
17/07/2014 20:44:00
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!
17/07/2014 21:04:00
After a GK the next signing might be dependent on what happens with Vermaelen.
17/07/2014 21:24:00
Doesn't Fathi play centre back and defensive midfield?
17/07/2014 21:50:00
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.
17/07/2014 23:32:00
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.
17/07/2014 23:36:00
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.
18/07/2014 01:39:00
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.
18/07/2014 04:49:00
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