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Mathieu Debuchy believes Arsenal can win the title next season

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Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy thinks the Gunners can challenge for the Premier League title next season.

The north London side made a last minute push for the title but their surge in form came too late to challenge eventual winners Chelsea.

But the good form, which has seen Arsenal win nine of their last ten games, has left Debuchy in no doubt. The Gunners can challenge Chelsea for top spot next season.

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"I am convinced that we will challenge for the title [next season]," Debuchy told Arsenal Player.

"Every big club wants to win it, Arsenal is a big club and it is definitely a target for us all."

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Unfortunate season

The 29-year-old has had a minimal impact since joining from Newcastle United in a £12m deal last summer. That is not down to poor form, but terrible misfortune with injuries.

Debuchy has started just ten league games this term missing the majority of the season with damaged ankle ligaments and then a dislocated shoulder.

"It has been a difficult season for me. I had two injuries, involving two operations, one on my knee, one on my ankle. It is a shame because I felt very good with the team, I think I made a good start to the season, so to be off the pitch for almost six months was difficult to deal with.

"When you start a new season in a new club, you really want to prove what you are capable of. I really thought that the difficult time was behind me and that I could show my qualities. Unfortunately I picked up my shoulder injury only a few weeks later and that was difficult for me to deal with."

French contingent

The Gunners have struggled with injuries for the whole campaign missing key players, leading to the breakthrough of full-back Hector Bellerin and French midfielder Francis Coquelin. The high proportion of French players has helped the former Newcastle player settle in north London. 

"Having a lot of French players at the club was a good thing to help me settle quickly, especially the guys that I know from the French national team. It was a bonus, and they’ve helped me a lot."

Replacing Sagna

Although Debuchy hasn't featured an awful lot this term, the Frenchman has already proved to be a capable replacement for former Gunner Bacary Sagna. Debuchy believes Arsenal have performed to expectations this season.

"Of course it is not finished yet but so far, it is a good season. We’ve picked up a lot of wins, a lot of good results. I really hope we can carry on playing well until the end, and if we do we will say it was a good season."

The Gunners look on course to finish second this season, but in truth have never really been in the title race. Arsenal will hope that their new number two is not ravaged by injuries like the former owner of the shirt.

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