PHOTO: Mathieu talkin' to me?! Debuchy shows off Taxi Driver barnet

Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy

Arsenal have long been criticised for lacking the bite of the Invincibles, but Mathieu Debuchy's new-look brings new meaning to the word menace.

Mathieu Debuchy may have been watching Robert de Niro movies over the weekend.

Either that, or he's taken heed of long-running criticisms of Arsenal's technically-exquisite but physically-lacking squad and decided to take matters into his own hands.

Debuchy turned up to London Colney for Arsenal training earlier today, Tuesday, looking like Travis Bickle; the protagonist of the smash-hit 1970 movie Taxi Driver that earned de Niro an Oscar nomination.

The photographs above were snapped during a warm-up routine, ahead of a more complete training regimen.

Debuchy and his fellow Gunners are currently readying themselves for a Wednesday evening Champions League qualifying encounter with Besiktas, in a tie that is finely-poised at 0-0 from the first leg in Turkey, last week.

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