French World Cup star confirms Arsenal switch

Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy has confirmed that he will be an Arsenal player next season, Daily Star reports.

The French defender has been targeted as Bacary Sagna’s replacement after the long-serving right-back left the Gunners to join Premier League champions Manchester City.

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And the 28-year-old has finally confirmed his Emirates move after France were knocked out of the World Cup via a 1-0 quarter-final loss to Germany.

“Yes, I will be joining Arsenal for next season,” he told a French reporter.

Reports from France suggest that Newcastle and Arsenal have agreed on a deal worth £7.9million, with Debuchy set to sign a three-year-deal on a £75,000-a-week salary.

The transfer of Debuchy could see the Gunners end their interest in Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier, who impressed for the Ivory Coast in the World Cup.

Aurier reportedly agreed terms with the London club but Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger and Toulouse were unable to agree upon an appropriate fee.

Wenger therefore targeted Debuchy instead, who is now expected to conduct his medical shortly and be announced at the Emirates sometime this week.