Four tackles, eight clearances: Arsenal’s Sagna replacement impresses again

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy was impressive against Leicester City.

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy was one of the biggest positives to come from the 1-1 draw at Leicester City as the Frenchman impressed throughout.

The Emirates faithful have been accustomed to seeing a familiar face at right-back as the position was regularly occupied by the ever reliant Bacary Sagna.

The 31-year-old’s decision to leave the Gunners for Manchester City following the expiration of his contract during the summer ultimately left the club in a tricky position with a big void to fill.

Nevertheless, boss Arsene Wenger acted quickly with the reported £12 million acquisition of Debuchy from Newcastle United and it has so far proved to be a success.

At the Walkers Stadium and up against a difficult Leicester City side still high on confidence from promotion, the 29-year-old right-back was comfortable throughout as he produced a solid defensive display.

  TeamPosWon TackleEffective ClearanceBall RecoveryFoulsAccurate PassTotal Fwd Zone PassAppsMins
Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal DF 4 8 4 0 43 36 1 90

As per the table from Opta Stats, Debuchy recorded four tackles, four ball recoveries and a remarkable eight effective clearances as he prevented the Foxes from gaining the upper hand.

Aside from his defensive skills, the Arsenal right-back seems to play in a progressive manner and in some respect holds an advantage over the often cautious Sagna.

Of his 43 accurate passes, 36 of those were aimed in a forward direction which put his team on the front foot, often a stark contrast to his predecessor.

In spite of Debuchy’s positive start to life in North London, his side so far this season have struggled to get going after picking up five points from their first three games.

Next up for the Gunners after the international break is a home match against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, a chance to lay down a marker and really show their title credentials.

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