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This Brilliant Player Again Our Man Of The Match

9:07 am, Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Mathieu Debuchy had header come of the cross-bar just before half time and then ion the second half he somehow managed to head a Theo Walcott shot off the line, and those were just two pieces of excellence from the French right back yesterday, who has easily won our Man of the Match poll with a hefty 73% of the vote.

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Mathieu Debuchy – Man of the Match – again

Mathieu joined us from Lille last January for around £5.5M, and like the other Frenchman who came he struggled a bit last season as he got used to the physical rigors of the Premier League.

But Mathieu seems to have already become a better player and has ousted Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna for the French right back spot.

It’s not the first time that Mathieu has been our best player in games this season, and he’s turning out to be another stellar buy for the club.

Following Mathieu in the voting are Cheick Tiote (10%), Yohan Cabaye (4%), Ben Arfa (3%) and the ever dependable Mike Williamson (3%).

There’s still time to vote if you haven’t done so already.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    I voted for coloccini

  • 2 toonbrother // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I voted for Coloshitty . he was the best player from an Arsenal perspective

  • 3 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Debuchy was awesome yesterday both in defence and attack,the goal line clearance kept us in the game.On another note I think it would be best for all concerned to move obertan on this transfer window. Again another player that has not made the cut at nufc.Way down the pecking order and all I can really say is “TAXI FOR OBERTAN ”
    I see gomis has stated he is to sign for Marseille for free at the end of the season, Again another bullet dodged me thinks

  • 4 bills-son // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM


    We have played City, Chelsea, ManU, Lpool, Spurs and Arsenal and won 3, drawn 1 and lost 2 with two of the wins away.

    And you still criticise Pardew’s tactics against the top teams?

  • 5 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM


    Has He?

  • 6 Burni // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Not entirely related. I think we did OK to not get hammered. But, if we had played like we did against manure, spurs and chelsea, I think we would have battered arsenal yesterday. Both teams were poor…. But the main difference was the pressing. Arsenal pressed and hounded whereas we were happy to let them come to us. Again we did OK against a good team but no doubt we could have done better…. We could have taken the game to them but we were boring to watch….. Really really droll. And because we were, we were beaten. I feel like I was watching a different match to most, what with all the positivity and that. We were beaten… We didn’t play well…. Granted neither did arsenal but that to me is a green flag for us to show what we can do

  • 7 asenski // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    yes i do, because in none of these games we played attacking football and in all of them we were outplayed
    were you pleased after the win vs tottenham ? i see having a squad not weaker than everton or southampton but these teams kick off the game aiming to play as an even and win in open attractive game
    that’s what i want to see from theteam set up by pardew
    and one more thing if you take a short review from our home games you will see that we are probably one of the few teams with no home pressure at first 15-20 min which is ridiculous for me

  • 8 Burni // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Asenski. I was happy after the spurs win. Coz we won. I see ur point…. But a win is a win

  • 9 jazzyp // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    He has ??

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 30, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Jazzyp…I honestly don’t know what to expect from this transfer window!

    …something tells me not much, but I would agree move on and upgrade the fringe players.

  • 11 Quasimodo's tailor // Dec 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Toonbrother. You’re a mackem.

  • 12 jaxxxfrost // Dec 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Debuchy was excellent. Becoming quite solid and very noticable. Colo was again exposed against a better team. Doesn’t play the ball well in the air and will continue to be targeted. Suarez owned Colo last year, yet the Citeh and Chelski pairings silenced the greatest player (LOL) in the world (according to some fools). Willo is solid and conventional, he makes up for Colo in the air and on set pieces but cannot cover 2 players unfortunately.
    I think ARSEnils best performer was the ref. Time and time again the practiced and rehearsed falling of gunners got them calls. When the barcodes were barged again and again into there was no flinging oneself to all fours. Many times playing through the foul and trying to regain possession cost us a simple call. Tough to swallow as in tight games between top teams (yes we are this year at the moment) a bounce or deflection or favor from the ref will make the difference. Losing 3 points to the gunners is not as bad as the dropped points to the mackems, swans and tigers. Keep looking up.

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