Debuchy: I can’t thank Newcastle and ‘amazing’ fans enough

THANKFUL ... Mathieu Debuchy.
THANKFUL ... Mathieu Debuchy.

MATHIEU Debuchy says he will remember his time at Newcastle United for the rest of his life.

The right-back is set to line up against his former employers tomorrow for the first time since leaving St James’s Park for Arsenal in the summer.

The Frenchman says he has nothing but fond memories of his time on Tyneside, and “can never thank the club and the fans enough” for helping to introduce him to English football.

Debuchy told Arsenal’s matchday programme: “I had a great time at Newcastle and I can never thank the club and the fans enough for what they have done for me.

“I only have great memories from there. Thanks to them, I discovered English football.

“I played in a great atmosphere in every home match. The fans are amazing and I will keep those moments all my life.

“It will be special to face them but it will be even more special later in the season when we play them up there.”