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It's been assumed for about two weeks now, but now it's known for sure - Mathieu Debuchy is an Arsenal player. The Newcastle United full back, 28, has moved to the Emirates Stadium for a fee believed to be in the region of £8m and will replace Bacary Sagna as the club's first choice right back. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger spoke to Arsenal.com shortly after the deal was confirmed, and was understandably happy to land his man.
"We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club. He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France. He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us," said Wenger.
Debuchy arrives having played for France at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and will have to fill the void left by Sagna, who joined Manchester City earlier this summer. The former Lille man will now link up with Alexis Sanchez down Arsenal's right hand side, and says he's particularly looking forward to playing on the European stage again.
"I’m very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colours, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the whole world. I’m looking forward to working with Arsène Wenger and to helping the team build on last season’s FA Cup success. Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies."
Elsewhere today, the Gunners' pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira appears to be falling flat. Reports earlier this week suggested that Arsenal had agreed a deal with the Spanish giants to land Khedira, but the 27-year-old's agent said no talks had taken place.
Now reports in Spain speculate that Khedira will now agree a new contract to stay with Carlo Ancelotti's men - which would be a huge blow to Arsenal's transfer plans.