Mathieu Debuchy scores on debut for Saint-Etienne

Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy gestures during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Saint Etienne on February 3, 2018 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens.

The Frenchman scored just his fifth goal in as many years, days after his Arsenal release.

Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy (2-L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Saint Etienne on February 3,...Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy (2-L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Saint Etienne on February 3,...

It was certainly a good day at the office for Arsenal in the Premier League yesterday. They picked up a routine win over Everton after a scintillating display at The Emirates. A hat-trick from Aaron Ramsey was overshadowed by a debut goal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal fans will be smiling this morning.

It was also a very good day for a player Arsenal let go in the January window. Arsenal released outcast defender Mathieu Debuchy in order for him to make a free transfer switch to Saint-Etienne of Ligue 1.

Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy gestures during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Saint Etienne on February 3, 2018 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens.Saint-Etienne's French defender Mathieu Debuchy gestures during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Saint Etienne on February 3, 2018 at the Licorne stadium in Amiens.

The move did not come as a shock, considering how far down the pecking order at Arsenal the Frenchman had gone.

What did come as a shock however was the defender scoring on his debut.

Arsenal's French defender Mathieu Debuchy (L) celebrates scoring the team's first goal during the Europa League Group H stage football match between Arsenal and Bate Borisov at the...Arsenal's French defender Mathieu Debuchy (L) celebrates scoring the team's first goal during the Europa League Group H stage football match between Arsenal and Bate Borisov at the...

He picked up on a rebounded shot before rifling an effort into the top corner. It was a rare strike for the player, who only played 29 times for the Gunners following his move from Newcastle United. It was his fifth goal in five years and his second this season, after netting in Arsenal’s 6-0 win against BATE Borisov in the Europa League this season.

Debuchy will no doubt hope this is a precursor to a successful spell with Les Verts.

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