Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy believes that he can bounce back from a difficult campaign for him personally, and help our side mount a serious title challenge next season.
The 29-year-old joined us from Newcastle for £12m last summer (via The Guardian), and looked to be a very useful option across the back line – filling in at both full-back and in the centre of defence. However, injuries have largely decimated his season, having missed around six months during two separate spells on the sidelines.
Whilst he made his long-awaited return against Reading at Wembley – where he featured in 120 minutes of the victory – he was once again returned to the injury table, and hasn’t been seen since.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Frenchman revealed that he has been disappointed with how his first season has gone at the club. He went on to say that his teammates have helped him settle in at the Emirates however, and claims they made it easier to get over the tough start.
“It has been a difficult season for me. I had two injuries, involving two operations, one on my knee, one on my ankle,” he said.
“But having a lot of French players at the club was a good thing to help me settle quickly, especially the guys that I know from the French national team. It was a bonus and they’ve helped me a lot.”
With the title now wrapped up by Chelsea, thoughts have largely turned to next season, and whether we can reach the Premier League’s summit. Debuchy believes that we can compete for the title.
“I am convinced that we will challenge for the title,” he added.
“Every big club wants to win it, Arsenal is a big club and it is definitely a target for us all.”