Arsenal have completed a deal to bring Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy to the Emirates.
The Gunners' official website have confirmed that the defender, who starred for France in this summer's World Cup, has signed a long-term deal with the club ahead of the 2014/15 season.
Debuchy has played a key role for Newcastle United in recent time, having starred on 46 occasions for Alan Pardew's side during an 18-month stint with the club. However, at 28-years-old, the Frenchman is set to embark upon a new challenge in north London.
And Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger is certainly excited by the addition of Debuchy, as he's insisted that the full-back can play a key role in the club in the coming years.
Speaking to the club's official website, Wenger said: “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.”
The defender looks set to join up with the rest of his teammates for pre-season training in the near future after enjoying a break after the World Cup. And the latest Arsenal signing has insisted that he's very proud to have signed for the north London outfit, and is now targeting trophy success at the Emirates.
Debuchy said: "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.”
The-ex Newcastle man looks set to replace former Gunners star Bacary Sagna at right-back for the up coming season. Sagna, who was also with the French squad in Brazil, joined Premier League champions Manchester City on a free transfer previously in this window, meaning Debuchy will now get the opportunity to take his place in north London.
Debuchy may have to go head-to-head with Carl Jenkinson at the Emirates for the full-back position next term, as the Gunners look to build upon their FA Cup success from 2013/14.
The signing of Debuchy represents Wenger's second major signing of the summer, having already secured the services of Chilean superstar Alexis Sanchez. The former Barcelona man completed his move to Arsenal last week, but it remains to be seen as to whether Wenger will further add to his squad this summer.
Gunners fans will now be hoping that the likes of Sanchez and Debuchy help the club secure the Premier League title in 2014/15.
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