Mathieu Debuchy photographed posing with Robert Pires

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An old photograph has emerged showing a young Mathieu Debuchy posing with Arsenal hero Robert Pires.

Even the most knowledgable Gunners' fans will struggle to recognise either Debuchy, who looks no more than 11 or 12 in the photo, or the young Pires.

The photo was taken when Pires, who looks a little like Luis Suarez in the picture, was plying his trade for French outfit Metz back in the early-to-mid 1990s.

Pires: Arsenal legend

Pires spent six successful years with Arsenal after joining the Gunners from Marseille in 2000, winning two Premier League titles and two FA Cups in the process.

The retired France international also won the World Cup, the European Championships as well as two Confederations Cups.

Debuchy has been unlucky this season

Debuchy has a long way to go in order to match his compatriot's achievements and, unfortunately, does not have time on his side.

The 29-year-old has struggled for fitness in his debut season with the Gunners, following his £12 million move from Newcastle United last summer, suffering from an ankle injury in the early weeks of the campaign before dislocating his shoulder in January.

Subsequently, Debuchy has been limited to 14 appearances for Arsenal, but will be hoping to make a comeback before the end of the season.

Chambers and Bellerin have impressed

Arsenal youngsters Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin have stepped up and performed admirably in Debuchy's absence, but Wenger will look to bring the experienced France international back into the fold as soon as possible.

Debuchy was a shrewd signing by Wenger after Bacary Sagna left the Gunners to join Manchester City last summer; it's just unfortunate two serious injuries have hampered the early months of his Arsenal career.

Should he avoid injury, Debuchy should become an important player for Wenger's side next season. The player himself will also be desperate to stay fit next season ahead of the 2016 European Championships in his home country.

Bellerin could be Arsenal's new first-choice right-back

But both Chambers and Bellerin have given Wenger plenty to think about over recent months.

Chambers, who was signed from Southampton for £16 million last summer, is still in the process of nailing down his permanent position. He has been tested at right-back, centre-back and even central midfield but appears most comfortably as a centre-half.

Bellerin, meanwhile, has blossomed since his difficult debut against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League earlier this season - proving he has a bright future with the Gunners.

Arsenal fans: who should be the Gunners' first-choice right-back next season? Have your say in the comments below!

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