Having won their first trophy in nine years with the 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City in May, Arsenal have spent heavily this summer with the additions of Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, Southampton right back Calum Chambers and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez - as well as Newcastle United right back Mathieu Debuchy.
The French defender, 29, has been signed the the Gunners for around £10m in order to replace compatriot Bacary Sagna, who joined Premier League rivals Manchester City on a free transfer earlier this summer having impressed at St. James' Park over the past 18 months.
Now the clear first choice right back at the Emirates Stadium, Debuchy admitted that there was never any doubt in his mind over his move to North London.
"When my agents told me Arsenal were interested, I said yes straight away!” Debuchy told Arsenal magazine. "There was no question, no debate, no doubt, nothing! You don’t turn down a club like Arsenal. A lot of players would like to be in my shoes right now."
"This is another dimension. If you compare the training grounds for example, nothing at Lille or Newcastle can match the Arsenal one. It is another world. Everything here is made to optimise your preparation and you as a player. So you can be in the best condition to play and win football games."
"It was the right time for me to make this big step forward and this big move. I have learnt a lot in the last two years from playing at Euro 2012 and the World Cup this summer, by discovering the Premier League as well."