Debuchy jumped at chance to leave Newcastle Utd

Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy
Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy

MATHIEU Debuchy had no hesitation in swapping Newcastle United for Arsenal – and says the Gunners’ facilities are on ‘another world’ to his former club’s.

Debuchy joined Arsenal for around £12m last month after spending one-and-a-half years at St James’s Park.

And the French right-back says he jumped at the chance to move to the Emirates Stadium, describing the switch as a “big step forward”.

The 29-year-old said: “It was the right time for me to make this big step forward and this big move.

“I have learnt a lot in the last two years from playing at Euro 2012 and the World Cup this summer, by discovering the Premier League as well.

“I am much more experienced. This was the perfect move for me to continue to improve and to win trophies too.

“When my agents told me Arsenal were interested, I said yes straight away! There was no question, no debate, no doubt, nothing!

“You don’t turn down a club like Arsenal. A lot of players would like to be in my shoes right now.

“This is another dimension. If you compare the training grounds for example, nothing at Lille or Newcastle can match the Arsenal one. It is another world.

“Everything here is made to optimise your preparation and you as a player. So you can be in the best condition to play and win football games.”

Debuchy was replaced at Newcastle by Daryl Janmaat, who joined from Dutch side Feyenoord.

Janmaat has made a positive start to live at St James’s Park in pre-season, and is expected to line up at right-back in Sunday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City.