Star Defender Made Available – Are Newcastle Interested?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that former Newcastle right back Mathieu Debuchy could be allowed to leave the north London club in January, after what has turned out to be a poor move for the French International when he left Newcastle 18 months ago.

Injury cost Mathieu his first team place at Arsenal as 20 year-old Spanish U21 International Hector Bellerín came in and made the right back spot his own and has made 50 appearances for the Gunners since Debuchy arrived at the club.

The former Newcastle defender has 22 appearances at Arsenal.

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Mathieu Debuchy – while at Newcastle for 18 months

Some national newspapers are reporting that Newcastle are interested in taking the 30 year-old back to Tyneside – but that’s probably based on seeing Newcastle 3rd bottom of the league and a former star player of ours now available.

But Newcastle are fairly well off at right back, with Daryl Janmaat playing well and Kevin Mbabu available as a back-up.

Of course Mathieu will be desperate to play first team football for the second half of the season in an attempt to get into the French squad for the Euro 2016 Championships to be held in France next June.

This is what Arsene Wenger has said when asked if Debuchy could leave next month:

“It’s not impossible,” “I’m happy if he stays but we’ll see.”

It’s really left back that Newcastle need to strengthen, so unless Mathieu or Daryl Janmaat can play at left back it doesn’t seem to make much sense to try to get Debuchy back in.

While at Newcastle for a short 18 month from January of 2013, Mathieu played 46 times for the club with one goal.

We bought Mathieu from Lille for just less than £6M three years ago and sold him for about £12M – so we made £6M on him in 18 months – that’s how owner Mike Ashley will look at Mathieu Debuchy.

What do you think?

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