Debuchy joins Arsenal as Magpies get replacement
Arsenal have completed the capture of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United.
The 28-year-old defender has moved to the Emirates Stadium on "a long-term contract" for a fee believed to be in the region of £10 million ($21.3m) and will wear the Gunners' No. 2 shirt as revealed by the club's official Instagram account.
The French international of 25 caps was Didier Deschamps' first-choice right-back during the World Cup in Brazil, where he started four of Les Bleus' matches before they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Germany.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, manager Arsene Wenger said: "We are delighted to welcome Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal Football Club.
"He has shown he can perform at the highest level with his club sides and also for France.
"He is a quality defender who has good Premier League experience and I’m confident he will fit in very well with us."
Debuchy leaves Newcastle after one season at St James' Park, where he made 46 appearances and scored once.
The Magpies sanctioned the Debuchy deal after they had secured a replacement in Holland World Cup star Daryl Janmaat, who joins from Feyenoord for a reported £5m fee.
Sources: Arsenal official website, BBC