Why Debuchy MUST Adapt His Game To Succeed At Arsenal
Bacary Sagna was a wonderful servant for Arsenal from the moment he arrived from Auxerre; solid, dependable and virtually unbeatable in the air, his departure on a free to Manchester City will be a big blow to Arsenal next season. The Debuchy deal has yet to be confirmed by either club (which is a situation that will change soon, according to The Daily Mail). In order to successfully replace Bacary Sagna, Debuchy may need to change his playing style to replicate Sagna's during his time with the club.
Debuchy is renowned for his ability going forward, which Didier Deschamps stated was mainly the reason for selecting Debuchy over Sagna at the recent World Cup. Whilst Sagna certainly didn't simply play in a rigid defensive role during his time at Arsenal, he didn't venture into the opposition half as much as Debuchy has done for Newcastle and France.
Sagna's discipline in his final years at Arsenal was largely down to the arrival of Per Mertesacker in the right side of defence; excellent when defending centrally, Mertesacker's lack of pace is often exploited when drawn out wide. The potential arrival of a more mobile defensive midfielder would counteract this problem to an extent, but it is certainly food for thought regarding how Debuchy's style may change when his transfer to the Gunners is confirmed.