After much speculation, Arsenal completed a deal for Newcastle United right-back Mathieu Debuchy on Thursday for a reported £10million.
The move sees Arsene Wenger sign an excellent replacement for the departed Bacary Sagna, and continues the Gunners’ impressive summer spending.
With two quality additions already secured, with the Frenchman joining Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal must now set about signing a new defensive midfielder, with Sami Khedira seemingly off-limits following his reported U-turn regarding a new Real Madrid contract.
But for now the focus is on Debuchy, as we continue our series looking at the numbers behind a player’s career to date.
2 – The number of major honours Debuchy has won in his career to date. While at Lille, the full-back won both the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France in 2011.
335 – The number of club appearances the Frenchman has made in his career. At 28, he has racked up an impressive number of games, featuring 289 times for Lille and 46 times for Newcastle.
39 – The number of club goals Debuchy has directly influenced, either through scoring or assisting. The player netted an impressive 18 times for Lille, setting up a further 16. But at Newcastle, he was far less productive, scoring just one and setting up four.
7 – The number of times Debuchy has been sent off in his senior career. Two of those were straight red cards, with the other five coming after he committed two bookable offences.
69 – The number of yellow cards the player has racked up to date. That means he averages a booking every 4.9 matches.
25 – The number of caps the player has for France since making his debut in October 2011. He also appeared five times for France’s under-21s.
All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com