Bacary Sagna may have given Arsenal the heave-ho at the end of 2013/14, but if they can secure the signing of reported target Mathieu Debuchy there need be no cause for concern.
The former Auxerre star waved goodbye to the Emirates after a protracted contract dispute earlier this summer, ostensibly moving on to bigger, better things in the shape of Premier League champions Manchester City.
However, if the Daily Mail are to be believed then it’s the Gunners rather than Sagna who are trading in for a swankier model, with a bid for the man who has replaced him in Didier Deschamps’ starting lineup for France in the offing.
Debuchy has made the XI in three of Les Bleus’ four matches at the World Cup, only ceding the jersey to the man he may replace in north London in the all-but-dead rubber against Ecuador.
He’s likely to retain his manager’s faith as France attempt to land 2/1 odds about beating Germany in their World Cup quarter final tomorrow.
Clearly Deschamps has had his eyes on the pair’s Premier League stats from the last campaign, which generally favour Debuchy despite Newcastle’s purgatorial post-Christmas plunge.
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Despite playing six league games less than the Sagna the former Lille man proved his aptitude for Arsene Wenger’s creative cohort by besting the stalwart’s assist and key pass count.
Debuchy layed on three goals to the man he has internationally usurped’s two, despite significantly less game-time also hitting 20 key passes to the latter’s 19.
When it comes to the more earthy side of the defender’s trade, it’s the potential £11m acquisition that once again tops the digits.
He beat Sagna’s 2013/14 incarnation by 71 tackles to 45, 69 interceptions to 51, 12 blocks to seven.
Despite the Manchester City-bound full-back’s renowned aerial ability, even his average of 3.5 victories in aerial duels per 90 minutes, was submerged beneath the younger man’s masterly 4.01.