Well he didn’t last very long on Tyneside, and Mathieu Debuchy – after deleting all references last week on his Twitter account that he was a Newcastle United player – has now told a reporter he will be joining Arsenal this summer, after the World Cup concludes next Sunday.
Mathieu Debuchy – while at Newcastle – no longer thumbs up
And it was news about a week ago in various news outlets that Newcastle had agreed a deal with Arsenal for the player – and the deal is now believed to be £8M rising to £10M over time – based on bonus payments.
This is what Mathieu told reporters on French TV station TF1 last night:
“Yes, I will be joining Arsenal for next season on a four year contract.”
We have to hope the French International will give some credit to Newcastle United when he leaves, for making him into a much better player since he signed on from Lille just 18 months ago for around £5.5M.
And we have to hope the arrivals this summer will stay at Newcastle longer than 18 months.
But the departures of three of our best players – Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and now Mathieu Debuchy over the last 18 months – should tell the powers that be at Newcastle that something just isn’t right.
That’s at least made up of two things – not having enough ambition for a club as great as Newcastle United (OK I’m just a little bit biased there), and also not spending the money that Newcastle are now making in profits.
Our (very) rough estimate is that Newcastle could make around £50M in profits on revenues of around £130M for the financial year just ended on June 30th – and those will be all time records for the club in both profits and revenue.
Now we need to somehow persuade Mike Ashley to invest those profits straight back into the club, with the majority going on new players coming through the door – so we can build up a top side again.
Newcastle United can do a lot better than we’ve done over these last two seasons in the Premier League, and we hope Ashley will allow Managing Director Lee Charnley and manager Alan Pardew to bring in some good players this summer, and let them spend some real money.
Mathieu Debuchy played 46 games for Newcastle United and scored one goal, and he was an excellent signing for us – but he just didn’t stay long enough.
What do you think?