We all thought that Matthieu Debuchy was a great buy when he arrived from Newcastle for around £12 million to replace the outgoing Bacary Dagna, who he already displaced in the France national side, but after just a month of his debut season he went out injured with damaged ankle ligaments, and even worse, when he did return after three months he dislocated his shoulder and was out for yet another three months.
By then, though, Hector Bellerin had cemented his role in the Arsenal first team and Debuchy was suddenly in the unwanted position on the bench and his attitude after that frankly stinked as he was desperate to win his place back in the France team again. But it was too late and even a loan at Bordeaux came to grief after yet another injury derailed his hopes. But now it seems (after another long term injury) that he is now back to full fitness, and now Wenger is saying that the 32 year-old is now back in contention for a place in first team squad after playing some games in the Europa League and the Caraboa Cup. Le Prof said: “Everybody in the medical department just says he’s professional.”
“We are all very pleased for him because he has gone through some very difficult moments with setbacks.”
“The fact that he got through 120 minutes the other night (against Norwich) is a big boost for him.
“He’ll be a candidate now to fight for the team places again.”
With Oxlade-Chamberlain’s departure to Liverpool, Hector Bellerin has been left with little competition for his place, but does anyone really think that Debuchy could take the pace of the Premier League after so long on the sidelines. I personally don’t think so, but could I be wrong?