Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been on the search for a new right-back this summer following the exit of Bacary Sagna.
As a result, according to the Mirror, the latest name linked to be Sagna’s right-back replacement is Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy.
The 28-year-old French international joined the Magpies 18 months ago for a reported fee of £5.5 million, and has since gone on to represent the club 46 times in all competitions.
During his stay on Tyneside, the former Lille star has been renowned for his hard-work and excellent defensive capabilities. In 28 Premier League starts last season, Debuchy made 95 tackles, 69 interceptions and a whopping 138 clearances.
Such was his consistency, famed footballing statistical website Whoscored.com named the player as Europe’s leading right-back in a European XI, with his 7.42 average beating the likes of Philipp Lahm, Dani Alves and Pablo Zabaleta.
For Arsenal, he would be an ideal replacement for Sagna and it could relieve the pressure off Sagna’s previous understudy Carl Jenkinson.
The 22-year-old has become more involved in the first-team picture over the past 12 months, though there are reserves about his experience to represent the club against the very best opposition.
Newcastle, however, are said to want Jenkinson as part of the possible Mathieu Debuchy deal, though given the youngster’s improvement plus future potential, it would be difficult to see the North Londoners contemplate such a move.
Despite no figure being mentioned, with four years left on Debuchy’s contract coupled with his performances last season, Arsenal may have to spend big if they want to prize away Newcastle’s outstanding player.