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Mathieu Debuchy: “To be honest, I have not watched Ligue 1 much since I left…”

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy spoke to Foot Express about his move to Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season. In full.

Mathieu, how was it decided that you would join Bordeaux?

It happened very quickly. Yesterday morning (Monday), I woke up, I did not think that I would be leaving. I went to see the boss for the last time, I informed him of the offer from Bordeaux. Honestly, I did not think about it that much. And in 30 minutes it was fine. I did not hesitate to join Bordeaux. I did not have time to speak to Ludo Obraniak it went very quickly…

This loan move Mathieu, is it a gamble?

Yes, I need playing time in order to go to the Euros, that is my primary objective. If I had stayed at Arsenal, without playing, I do not think that I would have become part of the squad. I am here to enjoy myself, to play to the max, to help Bordeaux to reach their aims and do the Euros.

How well do we know Bordeaux?

We all know the history of Girondins de Bordeaux. I played for Lille, I know how things work here, even if I did not know the president personally. The stadium? I played half a match in September with France here against Serbia.

What is your view on Ligue 1 since you left the league?

Since I have been in England, I am not going to lie to you, I have not watched Ligue 1 much. I know that great players have come to this country. It has become very tight in the league. Apart from PSG who are clearly dominating, behind them are a lot of clubs who could play in Europe.

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