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Arsene Wenger has revealed his delight at being able to once again call on Matthieu Debuchy.
The defender who has been well out of favour in recent seasons has repeatedly pushed for a permanent move away from the Emirates.
It was widely expected that the fullback would never represent the Gunners after publicly accusing Arsene Wenger of blocking his move away in the past.
Following yet more unsuccessful bids to leave last window, Debuchy eventually remained a Gunner obviously but has surprisingly now worked his way back to the team much to the delight of his manager.
“We are all very pleased for him here because he has gone through some very difficult moments with setbacks,” Wenger said reports Tribal Football.
“The fact that he got through 120 minutes the other night is a huge boost for him. He needs to recover now but from now on, he’ll be a candidate to fight for the team places again.
“Mathieu is absolutely strong and determined as well. He’s a quiet character but a very strong one. I must say he’s 100 per cent a professional player. Everybody in the medical department just says he’s exceptional”.
The gaffer also went further to disclose that similar to Monreal’s recent positional switch, he also sees Debuchy making a successful transformation from fullback to centre-back in these latter stages of his career.
“Maybe his future is as a centre-back. He has the attributes because, despite his size, he’s very good in the air. You think he couldn’t play centre back because he’s not tall, but if you look at the number of balls he wins in the air, it’s impressive.”
The 30-year-old made his third start of the season as part of the back three for the Gunners against Red Star Belgrade helping the Gunners to clean sheet which helped book a place in the round of 32 of the Europa League.