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."