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

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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