It’s good to see Mathieu Debuchy follow his friend Yohan Cabaye’s lead and send out thanks to the dedicated Newcastle fans who supported him so much while he was at the club, and many fans will be sorry to see the Frenchman leave Tyneside.
Mathieu Debuchy - the former Newcastle right back
But like Yohan before him – Mathieu quickly improved his game on Tyneside, and he became much better player after only 18 months at Newcastle United.
Mathieu has just signed on at Arsenal for about £12M – giving Newcastle something like a £6.5M profit in that 18 months – and we have just signed an excellent replacement in 24 year-old Daryl Janmaat – the Holland number one right back – who looked a very good player in the World Cup.
This is what Mathieu has said to the Newcastle fans:
“I only spent a year and half at Newcastle United and it was an extraordinary experience at a club with great fans.”
“I thank them from the bottom of my heart because they really supported me during my time there.¨
¨And I hope they understand that I had a huge opportunity which I simply could not refuse.¨ “I’ve come here because I really want to play Champions League football again.¨
¨It’s one of the biggest competitions in the world.¨ ¨Everyone wants to play in it.¨ “I’m very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colors, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the whole world.”
Mathieu is a top player now, and he wanted Champions League football – so in that way we understand why he wanted to leave Newcastle for Arsenal.
But if we want to keep our top players, and that includes some of the news players who have just arrived at the club, Newcastle have to become more ambitious and try to get a top six position in the Premier League.
The good news is that Newcastle seem to have become a lot more ambitious so far in this summer’s transfer window, and we have already signed six good players but lost Mathieu.
Newcastle fans will have their own opinions on whether Mathieu Debuchy should have been more loyal to Newcastle United.
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