It wasn’t too surprising when Mathieu Debuchy said last week that once he knew Arsenal were interested him there was no doubt in his mind he wanted to join them – and that was much like his best pal Yohan Cabaye a year ago, when Arsenal went after him – and Yohan even went on strike to try to force a move, but that tactic didn’t work too well and backfired on him at the time.
Mathieu Debuchy – keen to move to Arsenal
As a reminder here is some of that Mathieu said last week:
“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.”
There’s no doubt Arsenal are one of the great English clubs, no doubt whatsoever, and even before Arsene Wenger arrived back in 1996, they had a (very) rich history.
I know that because when I was 15 years old I had a trial with Arsenal and played at Highbury, and my father went down with me and we spent a few days down there being shown around Highbury and were told Arsenal’s achievements up to that time.
And since 1996, Wenger has had the Gunners in the top four in England and in the Champions League every single season, and that’s not a bad record for a man who takes so much criticism from the English press.
Alan Pardew has talked about Newcastle United and responded to Mathieu’s quotes as follows:
“Arsenal are obviously a fantastic club but so are we.” “Some of the players who have gone to those top four clubs, we can’t get involved in.”
“On the other side of the coin, we do work on that level just below, which is still Arsenal’s market and we have tread on their toes a little bit – which I’m sure they’ll flag up too.”
“We think we have done well in the French market and it is a market that we think has a lot of quality in it.”
Newcastle are not a top four club, but Alan’s right that we are now one of maybe four clubs below the top six in England, but Newcastle also have a rich history – and I will not even mention our three FA Cup wins in five years in the 1950s.
And while it’s in vogue at the moment to criticize Newcastle United, it’s interesting how delighted our new players have been arriving at the club this summer.
We are an excellent club, but we haven’t had a team to match the club’s status since Sir Bobby Robson was fired in 2004 – that’s also true – well apart when we finished 5th a couple of years ago.
But the squad this summer now looks like a good one, and we have some very good players who have been brought in, so we are hoping the lads can do very well in the coming season.
We prefer to remain positive about Newcastle – it’s much better for your health than the alternative. 😀
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