Arsenal star Debuchy on what Wenger told him ahead of Newcastle clash

Mathieu Debuchy featured at centre-back during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Newcastle United.

Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy has revealed to the press that his boss Arsene Wenger assured him that he has what it takes to succeed as a central defender.

The French international joined the Gunners in the summer with the aim of beginning the club’s long-term right-back following the departure of Bacary Sagna on a free transfer.

After a positive start to life in North London, the former Newcastle United man sustained an injury and was set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines.

His absence has coincided with an apparent injury crisis at the Emirates, forcing Wenger to juggle his squad and field a makeshift back four on more than once occasion.

On Debuchy’s return to action, the Gunners hosted Alan Pardew’s in-from Newcastle side with a real shortage of centre-backs prompting Wenger to gamble and play the right-back in the middle.

Speaking to French sport show BeIN Sport after the match, Debuchy stated it was his first ever match as a centre-back and revealed how Wenger calmed his nerves ahead of kick-off.

“Wenger told me that I had what it takes to play at centre back. And it worked out,” he said.

The 29-year-old then went on to explain how being versatile also has its disadvantages before revealing his plans beyond his current spell in North London.

“I started off as a defensive midfielder. Claude Puel made me a right midfielder & then a right-back. To be versatile is good but it is also difficult because you don't nail down a position."

"I have signed a long contract with Arsenal and I will honour it but I want to finish my career at Lille."

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