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.
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?
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