PHOTO: Mathieu Debuchy clashes with Arsenal nemesis back in 2005


Arsenal signing Mathieu Debuchy has been playing at the top level for a decade.

New Arsenal signing Mathieu Debuchy said he was delighted to have the chance to play Champions League football again.

And having featured in the competition since he was just 20-years-old, it's clear to see why he is relishing the chance to play at the top level again.

Debuchy, who turns 29 next week, made one of his first appearances in the competition in England, in a game at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

In 2005 he battled against striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, a real nemesis of Arsenal thanks to infamous clashes between the two clubs in 2003 and 2004, and helped shut him out on two occasions.

Debuchy featured as Lille secured a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, and then weeks later as they downed the Red Devils 1-0 on home turf, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side exiting at the group stage that season. The French side finished third in the group, sending United straight out.

In total the French international has played in 18 Champions League matches, but his last game in the competition is not one he will fondly remember.

That came in late 2012, ahead of his January 2013 switch to Newcastle, with Debuchy's Lille on the wrong end of a 6-1 hammering away to Bayern Munich.

He has only won three matches of the 18 he has played in the competition, but these wins have come against United, AC Milan and CSKA Moscow.

It's likely he will see a far better win rate at Arsenal if previous seasons are anything to go by, and his success with France at the World Cup shows if you put a strong team around him he will do his part and not let the side down.

With almost a decade of experience in the competition under his belt, even the losses, Gunners fans have been confident they have added a player with the know-how to help them kick on.

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