Former Star – I Had A Great Time At Newcastle


Mathieu Debuchy could line up in the unaccustomed position of center-back for Arsenal tomorrow, when the Gunners take on Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

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Mathieu Debuchy while at Newcastle

The right-back returned to the team in mid-week in the 3-1 Champions League win at Galatasaray, and he is expected to start the game tomorrow – somewhere in the back four.

This is what Debuchy has said in the Arsenal match-day program about his former club:

“I had a great time at Newcastle and I can never thank the club and the fans enough for what they have done for me.¨ “I only have great memories from there. Thanks to them, I discovered English football.¨

“I played in a great atmosphere in every home match. The fans are amazing and I will keep those moments all my life.¨

“It will be special to face them, but it will be even more special later in the season when we play them up there.”

And Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager paid a compliment to Mathieu during yesterday’s press conference when he said this about the 29 year-old:

¨Outstanding professional here, and we thought he was going to be a massive loss for us because of the character and quality of his play – but we have been very pleased with Janmaat,  who almost won the Player of the Month.¨

¨That’s been a transition in our team that’s worked very well for us but Arsenal are very lucky to have Debuchy – we loved him here.¨

It seems like it’s a mutual admiration society.

Newcastle signed Mathie from Lille in January of last year for around £5.5M – and we sold him to Arsenal for over twice that amount – £12M – in the summer.

Newcastle have lost the last five meetings with Arsenal, so maybe we can stop that streak at the Emirates tomorrow?

Hope so.

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99 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Toyota is Japanese where as Hyundai is South Korean !

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Potato

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #3

    To think we courted him over a few transfer windows and could never seem to get him and then Janmaat comes in under the radar and blows him out the water as a full back .

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Bpc

    Ye, I think we ended up with the better player. He gets caught out of position a bit, I can forgive that as he delivers decent balls into the box. I see him scoring the odd goal to.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #5

    @ prime

    4 years younger as well .

    He is my favourite NUFC player at the moment .

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #6

    i dont know if carvs and stone drop something into pards’ pre match cuppa but he has done well to turn things around from getting the sort of abuse at st james that would be reserved for a peado to winning manager of the month
    lets just hope he doesnt revert to type when we hit a brown patch

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Another master stroke trading Debuchy, for Janmaat, Pardews done good!

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #8

    71% of the earth’s surface is water.

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  • SpaceGhost

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #9

    If Debuchy plays at CB, we need our counter attacking boys to run straight at him in the box. He good but reckless. Hopefully he’ll give us a penalty. Manu gotta start this game, to boss the shaky makeshift defense & Perez starts on the right instead of Cabella. Subs: Cisse & Cabella. Abeid gotta start, in for Sissoko, if fit. Him, Colback & Tiote need to nullify Sanchez. The Chilean is dying to test our young GK. Toon to win 3-2

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Saturn has 67 moons where as mars only has two.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #11

    The other 29% is cheese

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #12

    @8, Your nappa is 90% air! If a fly flew into your lug-hole, it would be a space invader!

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #13

    OP

    Incorrect. That’s the moon.

    The correct answer is water….duhhhhh. 😉

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #14

    I thought it didn’t taste very good.

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #15

    That cheese will be your patter, pessimistic!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #16

    On the fourth of April in 1953 Huddersfield beat Leicester 2-0 !

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Were you there?

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Good old Swiss cheese eh. It’s got as many holes as 92’s patter.

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #19

    But not your nappa though!

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Leicester also lost 0-2 to Huddersfield on the same day.

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Did you join your pal?

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #22

    FIFA laws state the air pressure in a regulation ball must be between 8.5 psi and 15.6 psi.

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #23

    That rules you windbags over inflated!

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Mars moons aren’t actually spherical in shape, they are more like potatoes ie oddly shaped. In roughly 164 million years mars will have no moons. One will of impacted the surface and the other will of floated off into space.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Before every game, referees check the ball to make sure it is suitable for play.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #26

    Snickers used to be called Marathons

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  • mag92

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Make sure you check your keyboard!

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Potatoes can be used as a form of power, like a battery for instance.

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    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #29

    I’ve heard a certain someone on here uses potato power, explains a lot.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #30

    5mm in metric is 3/16″ Imperial !

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  • Sliema

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Just took a glance here for some good old football chat to get stuck into. I find you lot barking rubbish. Oh well, I’ll shop elsewhere for some intelligent conversing.

    Goodnight fellas.

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  • optimistic prime

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Frank Bruno used to be a boxer

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Les Ferdinand was sent off on the 30th of August 2003.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Sliema,
    Why don’t you tell a joke or state a fact !

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    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #35

    What do you call a dog with no tounge?

    Scruffy bollocks

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    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Got stung by a bee this morning!

    Twenty quid for a jar of honey…

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Come, don’t be like that Sliema bud.

    Mercury is the closest planet to the sun

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    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #38

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    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #39

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  • Average_Contents

    Dec 12, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #40

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