Mathieu Debuchy is one of Arsenal’s few defenders available to face his former club Newcastle United tomorrow. So he is certainly guaranteed to start against the Magpies, and he says that he is really looking forward to the great atmosphere that he always appreciated from the Toon Army.
“I had a great time at Newcastle and I can never thank the club and the fans enough for what they have done for me,” Debuchy said on Arsenal.com.
“I only have great memories from there. Thanks to them, I discovered English football. I played in a great atmosphere in every home match. The fans are amazing and I will keep those moments all my life.
“It will be special to face them but it will be even more special later in the season when we play them up there.”
He spent 18 months up at St James Park before impressing Arsene Wenger enough to bring him down to the Emirates. Hopefully the Arsenal fans will be just as supportive tomorrow and get behind Debuchy (and whoever else is available to partner him) in the Arsenal defence. It should be a great contest and I certainly hope that it will be the Gooners that are making the most noise – and cheering the most at the end of the match!