Arsene Wenger claims that Mathieu Debuchy can become a centre-back after returning to the Arsenal first-team (via The Evening Standard).
It’s been an unlikely success story of the season as Mathieu Debuchy has returned to the Arsenal first-team in cup competitions.
The defender joined Arsenal back in 2014 but after an exciting start, suffered a series of serious injuries which have kept him on the sidelines.
Debuchy has made just one Premier League appearance in the last two years but has impressed in cup and European competitions for the Gunners this term.
“We are all very pleased for him here because he has gone through some very difficult moments with setbacks,” Arsene Wenger said of the defender.
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“The fact that he got through 120 minutes the other night is a huge boost for him. He needs to recover now but from now on, he’ll be a candidate to fight for the team places again.
“Mathieu is absolutely strong and determined as well. He’s a quiet character but a very strong one. I must say he’s 100 per cent a professional player. Everybody in the medical department just says he’s exceptional.
“Maybe his future is as a centre-back. He has the attributes because, despite his size, he’s very good in the air. You think he couldn’t play centre back because he’s not tall, but if you look at the number of balls he wins in the air, it’s impressive.”
So, Arsene Wenger has clearly been impressed with Mathieu Debuchy since his first-team return and it’s easy to see why. Considering his recent injury record and lack of first-team football, Debuchy has been excellent. Let’s hope it continues.