Thursday July 17th, 2014

Arsenal announced today that they have signed right back Mathieu Debuchy to a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

Debuchy competed for France at this year's World Cup in Brazil, the first World Cup appearance for the 28-year-old.

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"We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club," Arsenal manager and fellow Frenchman Arsène Wenger said in a statement. "He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France. He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us.”

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Debuchy had played for Newcastle United since January 2013. He spent the first nine years of his career with Lille in France's Ligue 1. He scored 16 goals in 233 appearances for Lille.

Debuchy is expected to make his Arsenal debut at August's Emirates Cup.

- Dan Gartland

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