Date:Thursday July 17 2014
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.
Arsenal.com 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.
Date:Thursday July 17 2014
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