Friday, 18 July 2014

Another done deal -Speculation mounts over star's departure -And look who's back!

Morning Gooners.

The most expected transfer of Arsenal's summer dealings has been done as the club finally announced the signing of Mathieu Debuchy on the standard long term contract for an undisclosed fee.

Clearly right back was an area which needed addressing following the departure of Bacary Sagna and in Debuchy we have a player who has both international and champions league experience. While I'm sure many aren't excited by him joining, I think we'll all be pleasantly surprised with his contribution to the team by the end of the season.

Debuchy pushed Sagna out of the France side for four of their five World Cup games, so is clearly highly regarded by Didier Deschamps, who is clearly a good judge of character as he doesn't like Samir Nasri.

Arsenal have handed our new signing the number two shirt and I have to admit, I'm looking forward to seeing both our first choice full backs wearing two and three (Gibbs). It just feels right.

While Debuchy has signed, a player who is being rumoured to be leaving is Carl Jenkinson. West Ham is the latest club to be linked with the 22-year-old who may wish to leave the Emirates for the season on loan to gain valuable first team experience.

Personally I don't believe that Jenkinson will leave the club permanently as mooted in the Daily Mail. He clearly is well regarded by Arsene Wenger otherwise the manager wouldn't have awarded him with a five year deal along with the British core in 2012/2013. But a year of football under his belt will stand him in good stead for the rest of his career.

And finally, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott have both returned to first team training, giving them both good chance of being fit for the start of the season.

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