Newcastle are to undergo some major improvements in their training grounds at Benton over the next two years, and we’ve always said that would mean Newcastle would have some great facilities and maybe some of the best in Europe when the renovations are completed.
Mathieu Debuchy after signing on at Arsenal
But we shouldn’t kid ourselves either, and Mathieu Debuchy has talked about how much better things are at Arsenal compared to either of his two previous clubs – Lille or Newcastle – well at least as far as the training grounds are concerned.
Mathieu signed on at Arsenal for a fee that should rise to £12M, and the 29 year-old had this to say about the Gunners:
“It was the right time for me to make this big step forward and this big move.” “I have learnt a lot in the last two years from playing at Euro 2012 and the World Cup this summer, by discovering the Premier League as well.”
“I am much more experienced. This was the perfect move for me to continue to improve and to win trophies too.” “When my agents told me Arsenal were interested, I said yes straight away! There was no question, no debate, no doubt, nothing!”
“You don’t turn down a club like Arsenal. A lot of players would like to be in my shoes right now.” “This is another dimension. If you compare the training grounds for example, nothing at Lille or Newcastle can match the Arsenal one. It is another world.”
“Everything here is made to optimize your preparation and you as a player. So you can be in the best condition to play and win football games.”
Of course Mathieu’s best friend Yohan Cabaye also did somersaults last year at this time, when he heard that Arsenal, one of the best run clubs in football, were after him, but Newcastle turned down Arsenal’s offer.
Yohan went on strike – and the central midfielder eventually joined PSG last January for around £20M.
Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and has had the north London side in the Champions League every single year since then – so they are really a world apart from Newcastle United, and of course they have won many trophies under their famous French manager.
Newcastle must always keep improving things – including the team and the facilities, and everything else at the club for that matter.
Arsenal are a good example of a club who are miles ahead of Newcastle in most things they do.
It’s what Newcastle should be aiming to emulate.
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