When Gael Clichy made the decision not to sign a new contract with Arsenal and make the profitable move up north to play for the moneybags Man City side, us Gooners were convinced that Arsene Wenger had found the perfect replacement when he took Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle. The right-back had already displaced Clichy in the France national side and he looked like the perfect successor.
Debuchy made his debut for Arsenal in August 2014 in the 3-0 Charity Shield win over Man City, but just a month later everything started to fall apart. He first tore some ankle ligaments which kept him out for three months, and soon after his return he dislocated his shoulder which meant another three months out. On his return Hector Bellerin had made the right-back slot his own, and poor Debuchy continued with his injury woes.
The Frenchman has made only 13 League starts in his 30 months at Arsenal, and he has been a very unhappy man and has not been shy about moaning in public either. Finally we have found him fit in this transfer window and hopefully he will be moving back to France very shortly. Wenger even advertised him as available for loan. Le Prof said about Debuchy’s future… “It has gone quiet because I didn’t close the door because there’s a lot of competition on the right flank. Now Gabriel has been convincing on the right side as well, so I don’t close the door. What I just want to say is that he’s fully fit now and so he is available to play and maybe even to have an experience somewhere else.”
I just seriously hope that he finds somewhere else to go as soon as possible. Some may think I’m being a bit harsh because he can’t help his injuries, but to me his moaning has made him a negative influence at the club, and I just want him gone now…
What do you think?