Arsenal star gives surprising admission behind Newcastle transfer

The Arsenal defender has admitted that his time at Newcastle was merely a stepping stone to greater things.

Debuchy was quoted by the Chronicle as speaking on his transfer to Newcastle, and calling it as nothing but a stepping stone to one of the ‘top clubs’ in England.

When asked if he expected to leave St James’ Park so soon, the French full-back replied: “Yes, it was expected. After that, you never know what can happen, but I had already talked to my agents, and Newcastle was clearly a step before going into one of the table top clubs.”

The 29-year-old signed for the Magpies from Lille in January 2013, and ended up making a total of 46 appearances in his season and a half on Tyneside.

After such little time at St James’ Park, Debuchy signed for the Gunners during the summer transfer window, and started the season as a key part of Arsene Wenger’s plans. He has since suffered a number of severe injuries, and his progress has been halted, but he has done much to show that he is capable of playing at the top level.

Newcastle are known as a selling club, and it was no surprise to see Debuchy move to North London when Arsenal came in for him. The full-back was presented with the chance of playing in the Champions League and fighting at the top end of the Premier League table, and his career has prospered since his transfer from Newcastle.

However, to have moved to Tyneside knowing that it was just a stepping stone to guarantee a transfer to a top club will do little to endear Debuchy to the already riled Newcastle fans.

Many of the Newcastle players are criticised for leaving when a bigger club comes in for them, but at least they are not openly looking for a move away, and Debuchy will have done himself few favours by giving such a surprising admission to the reason behind his transfer.

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