Mathieu Debuchy joins Arsenal: Gunners confirm right-back has signed from Newcastle United

Frenchman will replace Bacary Sagna at right-back

Arsenal have confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy has signed for the club from Newcastle United for a reported £12m, with the Frenchman saying that he cannot wait to play in the Champions League again.

The 28-year-old right-back, who made 43 Premier League appearances for Newcastle since signing from Lille in January 2013, told the Arsenal's official website: "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.

"I’m looking forward to working with Arsène 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 will replace fellow French right-back Bacary Sagna, who left the club to join Manchester City earlier this month after his contract expired.

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Gunners manager Wenger added: “We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club.

 

"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."

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Debuchy, who started four of France's  five World Cup matches, will wear the No 2 shirt for Arsenal, and also becomes the Gunners' second signing of the summer, after Alexis Sanchez's £35m transfer from Barcelona.

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