There are two reasons why this is not shocking at all. No. 1, Arsene Wenger loves his Frenchmen. No. 2, Arsenal needed a right back to cover the absence of Bacary Sagna.
Here is the answer — Mathieru Debuchy.
Fresh off being eliminated from the 2014 World Cup by a superior German squad, Debuchy wasted no time in telling reporters that “Yes, I will be joining Arsenal for next season.”
While no official confirmation has been made, this appears to be all but a done deal. The move makes sense and there would be no reason for Debuchy to make something like this up.
Perhaps the best news of all is the minuscule six million pound transfer fee that Arsenal are supposedly paying Newcastle for the service of their ever-present right back. This will allow Wenger continued monetary flexibility in pursuing other tagets without the need to engage in his usual penny-pinching tactics.
Essentially, this knocks out perhaps the biggest hole that Arsenal needed to fill, and at an incredibly cheap price. If the numbers are to be believed, that leaves Wenger 94 million pounds to sign another striker and a defensive midfielder. With that kind of money, there is just about no one that Wenger can’t pursue.
But again, the question always remains, will he?
It has been reported that Wenger will spend 100 million this summer, but Wenger is known for spending as little as possible. With rumors floating around that he offered 40 million for Alexis Sanchez, however, it’s hard to doubt that this summer transfer window could be one of the most memorable ones in recent memory for an Arsenal squad with only a few holes to fill.