Finally, Arsenal move for Debuchy has been completed according to many reports. You would say it had been completed for a while now but Sanchez was unveiled before him. This is an educated; I believe the delay is due to Newcastle wanting to get in a replacement first before allowing the deal to be announced.
With his coming, Arsenal would have all, but replaced former right back and also a Frenchman, Bacary Sagna who quit the Emirates for Etihad to join Premier League champions Manchester City. Wenger seems to be getting an upgrade to Sagna in Debuchy. The former Magpie might not be spectacular when carrying out his defensive duties though he won more aerial duels than Sagna did for the Gunners last season. With Debuchy in the team now, Arsenal is stronger in handling aerial balls. Can’t wait for us to take Stoke to the cleaners.
Another area where Debuchy would be helpful to Arsenal is in attack. Compared with Sagna, Debuchy is more attack minded with pinpoint crosses. Giroud would be licking his lips at the prospect of the tantalising crosses that would be originating from the boots of his compatriot. Also, Debuchy’s pace combined with Walcott’s would be tough to handle for opposition defences.
Fans and pundits might be wondering why Wenger opted for his countryman ahead of Toulouse’s Ivorian right back Serge Aurier considering the visible age difference; I guess this is why Wenger opted for the Newcastle man. He already has Premier League experience and that is vital for a defender. The Premier League is a difficult league and not all players hit the ground running. If you are replacing a key member of the squad like Sagna, you go for a player that you are sure will hit the ground running. That is one edge Debuchy has over Aurier.
Still on the right back position, Arsenal are also said to be after Athletico Madrid’s right back Manquillo. This certainly cast a huge doubt over the future of current right back understudy Carl Jenkinson and highly rated youngster Hector Bellerin. Jenkinson is a talented player but not Arsenal quality just yet. I am not suggesting that Wenger should sell him but he should be loaned out to a team where he will enjoy regular run of first team football. It would make a world of sense to loan him to Newcastle; after all they need to replace Debuchy. The same should go for Ballerin. The former La Masia product should be sent on loan to fast track his development.
With Debuchy and Manquillo, the right back position at Arsenal is in good hands and injury to one shouldn’t send shiver down our spines as in the time of Sagna. The Athletico Madrid man might not have been the first choice at Vicente Calderon as Juanfran is the incumbent right back of the La Liga champions but he seems decent enough to hold the forte as back up right back.