What Mathieu Debuchy Has Achieved Just Five Weeks After Leaving Arsenal Is Extraordinary
In ten years time, you might not even remember that Mathieu Debuchy actually played for Arsenal Football Club, despite his four year stay in North London.
He joined the club in a reported £12 million deal from Newcastle back in 2014, but constant injury problems and a lack of faith from the manager meant that he made just 29 appearances in all competitions under Arsene Wenger.
After years of time on the sidelines, the 32-year-old finally got his move in January and joined Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne after a miserable spell at the Emirates.
Debuchy's fortunes have changed dramatically since he left the Premier League.
Over in France, Mathieu Debuchy has scored two goals in the past five weeks and been nominated alongside Neymar as POTM for Ligue 1... pic.twitter.com/omsgcvtRz8- ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) March 5, 2018
Debuchy has scored two goals from defensive positions after just five weeks at the club - not to mention the fact that Saint Etienne haven't lost a game that he's played in.
The defender is already becoming a cult hero at the famous Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
In fact, he has been nominated alongside Neymar for the Ligue 1 player of month award and in the meantime, has got himself back in contention for a World Cup place with his national team France.
We must reiterate that Debuchy has only played for his new club for five weeks. It seems all he needed was some first team football at Arsenal and he might have just flourished.
Meanwhile, in France...- Goal (@goal) February 25, 2018
Former Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy scored a last-gasp equaliser to rescue a point for Saint-Etienne against Lyon in the derby. :flag_fr: pic.twitter.com/YvtGFMjIpB
His defensive rival at the time, Hector Bellerin, has lost five matches in that time period and made one largely successful appearance at an Oxford University Q & A, as French-based football writer Matt Spiro so wonderfully pointed out.
Just five weeks after leaving #Arsenal, Mathieu Debuchy has scored two goals, lost no games, become cult hero at St Etienne, been nominated alongside Neymar for #Ligue1 player of month award, and got himself back in World Cup contention for France- Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) March 5, 2018
Over that same period, Hector Bellerin has lost five matches and made one largely successful appearance at an Oxford University Q & A- Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) March 5, 2018
How things have changed for the French defender. Did he deserve more chances to prove himself at Arsenal?
Let us know in the comments below.