Mathieu Debuchy had been reportedly ruled out of action for around two months after picking up an ankle injury in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with City, which made way for the Spaniard to make his Champions League Debut on Tuesday.
The 19 year old put up a pretty good performance for a debut man and Keown feels the youngster has both the skill and the confidence to succeed at the Emirates Stadium.
According to Daily Mail, he said:
I think he looks a good player and it was a very tough night to make your debut. He played with a lot of confidence, passed well, got forward when he could and was not at fault for the goals.
Lots has been made about his pace – he beat Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott’s club record over 40metres – but it’s about how you use that in a game situation.
He doesn’t look like a player who wastes that pace flying around trying to do too much work for everyone. He seems quite measured in what he does. He did well in the Emirates Cup and I would like to think he feels he should have had his chance before now. That’s the sign of a true competitor.
The Spaniard international turned in a pretty good performance for a debutant at a ground like Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion. However, it was clear against Dortmund that he has a lot to learn if he is to break into the Arsenal side. However, with Mathieu Debuchy out with an injury and Calum Chambers deputising at centre-back for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, the youngster will benefit from quite a lot of first team football.
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The Germans attacked heavily down Bellerin’s side and the Spaniard did his utmost to try to keep the score down. It was obvious that he was caught out of position at least once or twice, and Mertesacker had to clean up the mess he made. But he can’t be held at fault for the 2-0 loss, with more fingers pointed at Mesut Ozil than any other Arsenal player on the night.
He is reportedly Arsenal’s fastest player ahead of Walcott and showed glimpses of that pace against the German giants. He was somewhat tricky, but it should be considered a fine performance as it was his first start. He will have greater impact in the coming games, so the fans should be patient with the youngster.
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