£12m signing: Training at Arsenal is 'pure happiness'


Mathieu Debuchy appears to be loving life at Arsenal and has said that training at the club brings him 'pure happiness.'

French defender Mathieu Debuchy says that playing for Arsenal is bringing him 'pure happiness'.

Debuchy joined the Gunners from Newcastle United over the summer for a transfer fee of £12 million and it appears that he is loving life in his new surroundings - as he gets to play alongside some highly reputed and successful players.

"It is fantastic for me to be part of this team,” he said. “When I see the squad now and I think that Ozil, Mertesacker and Podolski are still missing, it is incredible. It is an amazing squad.

"Playing with them is pure happiness, even at training it is top level. You have to give your best all the time because the level required is immense."

Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil all picked up World Cup winners' medals in Brazil, helping Germany lift the trophy.

The trio are yet to make an appearance this season because they were given an extended break by the Gunners due to their World Cup success.

The Germany internationals are pushing for a return, though, and could be in the squad for Arsene Wenger’s side's Premier League match against Everton on Saturday.

If they are, then it will be a major boost for the club, as Debuchy has said. Although Arsenal have made an unbeaten start to the season, neither of their performances has been particularly eye-catching.

After an impressive showing in the Community Shield – where they beat Manchester City 3-0 – it looked as if the Gunners would start the campaign at full-throttle, but they have been slightly off the pace so far.

Arsenal started their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace and followed it up with a 0-0 draw with Besiktas in the first leg of the Champions League playoff tie on Tuesday.

If they don’t improve on that standard, then the weekend’s game against the Toffees looks a real tough test. But if they can come through it with the three points, then the positivity around the Emirates Stadium at the moment will only grow even further.

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