Thursday 17 July 2014
Arsenal have completed the signing of France international right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.
The 28-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners after helping France reach the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and will fill the space left by Bacary Sagna, who has joined Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.
"I'm very proud to be joining a great club like Arsenal and to wear its colours, it's one of the biggest clubs in the whole world," Debuchy, who has 25 caps for France, told www.arsenal.com.
"I'm confident he will fit in very well with us"
"I'm looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger and to helping the team build on last season's FA Cup success. Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies."
Debuchy joined Newcastle in January 2013 after 10 years at French Ligue 1 side Lille, and made a total of 43 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Magpies in his 18-month spell at St James' Park.
While at Lille, Debuchy won the league title and Coupe de France double in 2010/11 and was also named in the Ligue 1 team of the season in 2011/12.
"We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club," added Gunners manager Arsene Wenger. "He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France.
"He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I'm confident he will fit in very well with us."
Debuchy is Arsenal's second signing of the summer, following the capture of Alexis Sanchez earlier this month.
He is expected to make his Arsenal debut at the Emirates Cup, which takes place at Emirates Stadium on 2 and 3 August. Arsenal begin the pre-season friendlies with a match away to Boreham Wood on 19 July. For all their pre-season fixtures, click here >>.
Wenger's side open the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign with a home match against Crystal Palace.