Mathieu Debuchy claims his decision to leave Newcastle for Arsenal this summer was a relative no-brainer, with the opportunity to join the north London club one he simply could not turn down.
Debuchy was recruited by Arsenal as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who departed on a free transfer after seven years of service, and has immediately appeared at home on the right side of the club’s defence.
Arsenal were linked with several candidates for the vacant right-back position before settling on Debuchy, who signed in a deal worth £12 million, and the France international is ecstatic he was able to complete this dream transfer.
Delighted with deal
Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Debuchy said: “When my agents told me Arsenal were interested, I said yes straight away!
“There was no question, no debate, no doubt, nothing!
"You don’t turn down a club like Arsenal. A lot of players would like to be in my shoes right now.”
Debuchy arrived at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal’s second of four acquisitions in this transfer window, following the marquee signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona after he had performed to distinction at the World Cup.
David Ospina and Calum Chambers have since been signed to take spending beyond £60 million, and there would appear to be plenty of reason to be optimistic ahead of the imminent Premier League campaign.
Debuchy and Ospina were both necessary recruits given the departures of Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski, but there are undoubtedly good ones, while Sanchez and Chambers will prove far more exciting for fans.
Chambers, aged only 19, has already impressed and much will be hoped and expected from him as the games and seasons progress, and Sanchez is primed to really make a significant mark on the English game.
A convincing victory over Manchester City in the Community Shield offered a glimpse of what Arsenal can achieve this term, and they will strengthen further still once Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker have returned to the starting XI.
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More signings needed
There remain fears, however, about Arsenal’s strength in central midfield with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini unable to impose themselves effectively enough last term against the club’s closet of rivals.
Signing a player of some repute to plug this gap would really complete a memorable summer for the Gunners, and would further enhance their credentials across all competitions in 2014/15.