Photo: Mathieu Debuchy challenging Theo Walcott in Arsenal training

Theo Walcott

The Arsenal right-back has been training ahead of the FA Cup final.

It's been a difficult debut season for Mathieu Debuchy at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal right-back's campaign has been a disappointment but through no fault of his own. The Frenchman has impressed for the north London side, even performing at centre-back. A dislocated shoulder suffered against Stoke City has kept him out of action since January, however.

But Debuchy has since returned to both light and full training, with the Arsenal man this week being pictured trying his hardest during practice.

Above - on Wednesday afternoon - he can be seen challenging Theo Walcott for the ball, no doubt an encouraging sign. The Gunners forward is a man in form after his hat-trick against West Brom, of course, meaning Debuchy would have had a tough task on his hands.

It's unclear whether the 29-year-old can feature in Arsenal's upcoming FA Cup final against Aston Villa but his involvement in training is certainly a good thing ahead of next season.

How much better would the north London side's season have been if Debuchy had stayed fit all campaign? Or would it have made much difference at all?

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