It does not matter where you have arrived from or how much was paid, It goes without saying that every player who finds himself in a new club would have just one thing on his mind: proving that his decision was the right one.
For all the stick given to Wenger for not making a few more necessary recruitments in the summer, not much can be faulted with the choices he made with the five players signed. Chambers has exceeded expectations, even playing as many games as any other in the squad and the only defender besides Per Mertesacker not to have been sidelined by injury, besides the tonsillitis that prevented him from going to Dortmund. Alexis has scored, assisted, worked, and dazzled. Welbeck has been handy, and Ospina’s injuries have cut him short at the moment.
And so has French defender, Mattiue Debuchy, or at least, he is eager to do so.
The 29-year old defender arrived from Newcastle in the event of Bacary Sagna’s departure to Man City. Being the first choice right back for France despite Sagna, it was almost inevitable that he was going to be Wenger’s choice as his replacement and for the first few games of the season, he was proving the manager right. An awkward accident while we were in the lead against City in September meant he would miss nearly three months of football with a damaged ankle – every new signing’s nightmare.
”At the time [the injury] was tough. I had just arrived at the club. I wanted to do well to prove the club made the right choice by signing me.” Debuchy said.
“It was a freak injury. I was nit used to getting injured and that’s why I was disappointed, especially so early after I arrived at the club.”
“There is never a good time to get injured but this was probably the worst time.”
Debuchy has since recovered and made to appearances for his new club, the most recent being an unusual role at center back for the first time in his career. The general opinion was that he did put in a solid shift against the threat of players whom he must have been used to from his time with them over the past two seasons. And going by who he replaced upon his arrival as a new player, it was indeed necessary for him – and for Wenger – that he could do a job at center half.
Sagna’s departure had been greeted with mixed feelings as he had proven capable of being a more than decent center half, as the manager even suggested that was where he would eventually hang his boots. Wenger is known for signing players who can show both adaptability and versatility and it was indeed necessary that Debuchy had that box checked on his file.
Of course, he will be judged mainly based on his performance at right back, but it is good to see that he is willingly to prove that it was a good decision we made to get him. He will have many more games over the next few weeks to fully form a bond with the other defenders, even as our flickering back four should now begin to gain some balance.
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