Debuchy Speaks Out Ahead Of FA Cup Final, Could START Ahead Of Bellerin

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is in contention to start in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is in contention to start in the FA Cup final. (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal face an Aston Villa side that finished just one place above the relegation zone following a disastrous and goal shy season.

The Birmingham outfit improved after the appointment of Tim Sherwood as manager, but are still underdogs going into their first FA Cup final in 15 years.

Mathieu Debuchy has likened the unpredictability of the FA Cup to France’s equivalent, the Coupe de France, ahead of Arsenal’s final with Aston Villa this Saturday.

“The [competitions] have a lot of things in common,” Debuchy told Arsenal’s official website.

“In France, often some small teams manage to go very far in the competition, even reach the final. We’ve seen it recently.”

“The FA Cup is pretty much the same – sometimes clubs from the lower divisions have a good FA Cup campaign. Because of this, I think they are similar competitions. It is extremely difficult to win a cup tie.”

“The [competitions] have a lot of things in common,” Debuchy continued.

“In France, often some small teams manage to go very far in the competition, even reach the final. We’ve seen it recently.”

“The FA Cup is pretty much the same – sometimes clubs from the lower divisions have a good FA Cup campaign. Because of this, I think they are similar competitions. It is extremely difficult to win a cup tie.”

The defender has had an injury hit debut season in north London, since arriving from Newcastle United, but is in contention for a start ahead of an in-form Hector Bellerin in English football’s most prestigious cup competition after recovering from a shoulder injury.

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