You have to feel a little bit sorry for the Arsenal and France international star, because Mathieu Debuchy has been dogged by bad luck since he signed for the Gunners from Newcastle United last summer. One of his main reasons for making the transfer was to play in the Champions League but he was harshly sent off for two yellows in the play-off against Besiktas.
And then he picked up that ankle injury and did not feature in Europe again until the end of the group stage and was injured again before the knockout games against his fellow Frenchmen from Ligue 1 club Monaco. Debuchy only managed 10 appearances in the Premier Leagueand also missed the FA cup final so all in all it was a debut season to forget.
Since returning from his latest injury setback at the end of last season, however, Debuchy has not been able to win his his first choice status back from young Hector Bellerin and his struggles against the spuds in the league cup this week showed exactly why.
As reported by Squawka.com, his performance in the local derby was pulled apart by the former Everton and Republic of Ireland defender Kevin Kilbane who thought Debuchy was not using his loaf and was guilty a number of times of forgetting the importance of defending.
Kilbane said, “Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is continuing to go forward and being caught out. His manager might want him to but sometimes you need to play with your head.
“I played full-back for a bit in my career. It wasn’t my natural position but when you play against players with pace you have to drop back a bit.
“Debuchy needs to drop back and play with his head.”
When we signed him to replace the departing Sagna, Debuchy had taken his place in the France national side and was their main man at the World Cup finals but he was only a sub in just of their recent internationals and he is going to find it hard to get his place back if he isn’t playing for Arsenal.
Is this poor form of Debuchy’s a big worry for Arsenal or do we just need to be patient with a player that has proved their class before?