Without some of our best players and with a fair few of the others looking a couple of weeks off being fully match sharp, Arsenal have had a pretty decent start to the season, and according to one of the new boys, Mathieu Debuchy, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The France international right back, signed from Newcastle United this summer, has been talking about his new squad, as reported by the Daily Mail, and the defender who has just turned 29 is very impressed with his new team mates. And with the return of Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil imminent, Debuchy reckons that the Gunners are on the verge of going up a gear or two very soon.
He said, “It is fantastic for me to be part of this team. When I see the squad now and I think that Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski are still missing, it is incredible. It is an amazing squad.
“Playing with them is pure happiness, even at training it is top level.
“You have to give your best all the time because the level required is immense.
“This is another dimension. If you compare the training grounds for example, nothing at Lille or Newcastle can match the one at Arsenal. It is another world.Everything here is made to optimise your preparation and you as a player so you can be in the best condition to play and win football games.”
I agree that we can expect a lot more from Arsenal in a few weeks time, but there are some crucial games coming up quickly, especially the one against Besiktas which could see us drop out of the Champions League group stages for the first time in 16 years.
But beating Man City comfortably at Wembley, winning our opening Premier League game for five years and grinding out a draw in a tough night in Istanbul is not too bad for a team that is not quite firing on all cylinders. So maybe our rivals should hear what Debuchy has to say and be afraid, be very afraid…