Debuchy Profile
Debuchy Profile

Mathieu Debuchy

Right-sided full back Mathieu played 15 times during his debut season, after signing from fellow Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

The France international quickly slotted into the Gunners back four, using his athleticism and experience to great effect, although he had his progress checked by two unfortunate injuries. He celebrated his first goal for the club during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League –a towering header.

Mathieu Debuchy Profile

Born July 28, 1985
Fretin, France
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 2
Previous Club(s) Lille, Newcastle United

Mathieu previously spent a year and a half with Newcastle in the Premier League, becoming a firm favourite with the St James’ Park faithful with his marauding runs from the back and combativeness in defence.

Before moving to England the defender had spent his whole career in France with Lille, making more than 300 appearances during a nine-year spell with the first team.

He had been at Lille from the age of eight, and while with the Ligue 1 club he made his debut for the France national team, in November 2011. The following year he was ever-present for Les Bleus at the European Championships, and was also a mainstay of the France defence at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

His list of honours includes the French league and cup double with Lille in 2010/11, and the following season he was selected in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.

Mathieu Debuchy's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 10 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 15 1
2015-2016 2 0 2 + 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 + 1 0
Total 12 1 5 + 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 21 + 1 1

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15


Mathieu featured three times in July and helped Arsenal keep clean sheets against a Singapore Select XI and Wolfsburg. Speaking ahead of the Barclays Asia Trophy, the France defender said: “I need to have a good pre-season. It was a hard year last year and I need to do some hard training to be fit for the first game.”


Mathieu played one time in August, in the opening-day loss to West Ham United.


Mathieu played twice in September and helped Arsenal beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the Capital One Cup. Speaking after the game, Arsene Wenger said: “I think he has a big fight with Bellerin and he’s slowly coming back to his best. I believe that he’s mentally very strong and very committed, and he will slowly come back and give a hard time to Bellerin.”


Mathieu played once during October in the 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.


Mathieu featured three times during November and was part of the side that kept a clean sheet against Dinamo Zagreb. The defender also played in the fixtures with Bayern Munich and Tottenham.


Mathieu did not play during December.


Mathieu played 81 minutes of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City before being getting injured and missing the rest of September.


Mathieu missed the whole of October with the injury he suffered against Manchester City in September.


Mathieu missed November's games through injury.


Mathieu returned from the injury he suffered against Manchester City in September when he started at Galatasaray. The France defender then scored his first Arsenal goal in the 2-2 draw at Anfield as he played every minute of the last four games in December at right back and centre back. “For me, it is not a problem, I have good timing,” Mathieu said after the Newcastle United game. “It was my first time playing at centre back, but it was a good experience for me and I felt good. It would be no problem for me to play there again.”


Mathieu played two matches in January but missed the remainder of the month with a shoulder injury sustained against Stoke City. Speaking after the Stoke game, Arsene Wenger said: “Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday. He just came back, he played seven games and he's out again. I count three months out for Mathieu because contact will be a problem for the shoulder."


Mathieu missed the whole month through injury.


Mathieu did not feature in March due to injury.


Mathieu returned from injury to make his first start since January in the FA Cup semi-final win against Reading.


Mathieu missed the whole month through injury.