We’re pretty sure Arsenal fans have already forgotten about Mathieu Debuchy.
The French right-back had a fairly anonymous spell at the Emirates, making just 29 appearances for the Gunners after joining from Newcastle in 2014.
His North London nightmare is perhaps best remembered for a string of injuries and Arsene Wenger eventually allowed the flop to leave on a free transfer in January.
He opted to return to France, joining Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne and surprisingly he’s become an instant cult hero among the club’s supporters.
So far, he’s made six appearances for his new club and has scored two goals – rescuing a point with a late strike against Lyon last month in the bitter Rhone-Alpes Derby before finding the net again in the 2-0 win at Amiens.
In fact, his excellent start life at Les Verts has seen him duly win the Ligue 1 Player of the Month award – even beating Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar to the gong – becoming the first defender to win the award in five years.
The 32-year-old is even making a late push for a place in France’s World Cup squad, having impressed that much over the last few weeks.
The former Lille star hasn’t played for his country since September 2015, but admits a recall to the squad is on his mind, saying: “I’m not going to lie, of course I have the France team in the back of my head.
“There is still a glimmer of hope and I will try to seize my chance. My priority is Saint-Etienne.
“If I’m performing well and if the club achieves good results, things could turn out well.”
That’s one pretty astonishing turnaround, right?
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