Mathieu Debuchy: It’s been tough for me at Arsenal this season

Mathieu Debuchy admits that it has been a frustrating first season for him at Arsenal

Mathieu Debuchy admits that it has been a disappointing first season for him at Arsenal following an injury-hit few months for the France international.

The right-back has made just 13 appearances for the north London club since joining the Gunners from Newcastle United last summer after suffering serious ankle and shoulder injuries.

Debuchy is now closing in on a comeback after dislocating his shoulder against Stoke City at the start of the year.

But the 29-year-old has admitted that his lengthy spells on the sidelines this season have been tough to swallow.

“It’s hard to say [how I rate my first season at Arsenal],” Debuchy told La Voix des Sports. “I felt good, and then there were these two operations.

“I cannot say it’s a good season, far from it. I would say that it is a black season for me.

“Anyway, I learned a lot during the three months I played and also when I was injured, off the field.

“Although I am disappointed with the season, I’ll keep look on the positive side.”

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Debuchy made his latest comeback in a 4-0 friendly win over Brentford last Tuesday at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground.

The Gunners, who moved up to second in the table thanks to their thumping 4-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday, return to Premier League action when they travel to Burnley next Saturday.

Debuchy has 26 France caps to his name and has scored two goals for his country.

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