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Mathieu Debuchy is the latest addition of Arsenal.

 

Mathieu Debuchy is the latest addition of Arsenal.

Arsenal has themselves strengthened with the French international Mathieu Debuchy. The 28-year-old defender joins from Newcastle United. The transfer is reportedly an amount of 15 million euros. Debuchy traded in 2013 Lille for Newcastle United.

The 28-year-old, who was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the World Cup quarter-finals, will present a ready-made Barclays Premier League replacement for Bacary Sagna, who earlier this summer left Arsenal to join Manchester City on a free transfer.

A post on Arsenal’s official Twitter feed read: “It’s official – Mathieu Debuchy has signed for @Arsenal!”

Debuchy, who has reportedly cost the Gunners around £12million, becomes Arsenal’s second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.

Debuchy is in no doubt he has joined a club very much on the up.

“I know that Arsenal can win titles every year. Winning the FA Cup last season was something magnificent, but I hope that it is just the beginning and that there will be more to come next season,” Debuchy said in an interview with Arsenal Player.

“There are some really great players in this team. We saw that last season and I think it will be even better this season.”

“I hope there is more silverware to come in the next few years.”

Debuchy is confident he can continue his progress, having been a consistent performer at Newcastle following a £5million move from Lille in January 2013.

“The settling-in period will be easier. I have been playing in the Premier League for a year-and-a-half now, so I already know it well, so that will be in my favour.”

Debuchy paid tribute Newcastle fans.

He added: “It was an extraordinary experience at a club with great fans. I thank them from the bottom of my heart because they really supported me during my time there and I hope they understand that I had a huge opportunity which I simply could not refuse.”

“Playing again in the Champions League is a big excitement for me and I will do my best to help Arsenal compete for trophies.”

Debuchy was part of the France squad which reached the quarter-finals at the World Cup, where they were beaten by eventual champions Germany.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is confident his countryman will prove a neat fit into the team, where he will contest the right-back place with England hopeful Carl Jenkinson.

“The obvious replacement for Sagna was Debuchy. He knows what to expect and that’s of course a huge advantage,” Wenger said.

“Debuchy is very good going forward, is very quick in transition.”

“He is sharp in his marking, good with interceptions and quick to go from defence to attack.”

“You feel he always has the desire to go forward, so I believe he will be perfectly suited to our style in that aspect.”

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Mathieu Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy

Olympique Marseille v FC Metz

Olympique Marseille 3-1 FC Metz.

Olympique Marseille 3-1 FC Metz.

Marseille returned to the top of the Ligue 1 table with a 3-1 defeat of Metz.

Andre-Pierre Gignac opened the scoring for the hosts, but Florent Malouda equalised for Metz just before the hour-mark with a deflected shot.

However, Andre Ayew and Dimitri Payet scored to make sure of a home victory.

Lyon had to twice come from behind before snatching a 3-2 win at Evian in injury-time.

Cedric Barbosa put Evian 1-0 and 2-1 up, but Alexandre Lacazette, whose free-kick led to the first equaliser from Yassine Benzia, scored twice in the final 10 minutes – the second a penalty – to turn the game Lyon’s way.

It was the same score at the Stade Auguste Delaune as Guingamp climbed out of the relegation zone by beating hosts Reims.

Gaetan Charbonnier’s early opener for 10th-placed Reims was cancelled out by a volley from Lars Jacobsen and Christophe Mandanne fired the visitors into the lead for the first time shortly after the break.

Prince Oniangue thought he might have earned the hosts a share of the points with his 68th-minute goal, but Claudio Beauvue had the last word, lifting the Brittany club into 16th place.

Adamo Coulibaly snatched a last-gasp 1-1 draw for Lens to dash Lille’s hopes of a first win in 12 matches.

Idrissa Gueye put Lille in front two minutes after the interval, but Coulibaly powered home a headed equaliser in the final minute to ensure the Derby du Nord ended all square at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

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Andy Carroll

West Ham United 3-1 Swansea City.

West Ham United 3-1 Swansea City.

Two-goal Andy Carroll helped West Ham climb to third in the Barclays Premier League with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Swansea at Upton Park.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce put his neck on the line leading into the game after revealing he opted to sign Carroll rather than Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013, insisting his decision would be vindicated in time.

Bony has since lit up the league and is in a rich vein of form, while Carroll has struggled for both fitness and form since his club-record move to east London.

It looked as though Allardyce’s comments would backfire on him and his player when Bony put the Swans in front, but Carroll’s brace – plus a third from returning substitute Diafra Sakho – sealed a come-from-behind victory to leave just Chelsea and Manchester City above the Hammers.

Swansea ended the match a man down, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski dismissed for attempting to impede Sakho as he bore down on goal.

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AC Milan beaten at Genoa

Genoa 2-2 AC Milan.

Genoa 2-2 AC Milan.

Genoa returned to third place in the Serie A table on Sunday after Luca Antonelli’s goal condemned AC Milan to their third defeat of the season.

Napoli’s earlier failure to beat Empoli meant the final Champions League place was up for grabs and Genoa took it back thanks to Antonelli, whose first-half header proved sufficient to settle a 1-0 home victory.

Milan suffered their first loss on the road this term but remain in the hunt for a European berth nonetheless.

Napoli scored twice in side five minutes to salvage a point in a dramatic 2-2 draw at the San Paolo.

Empoli looked to be on course for their third win in four league games when Simone Verdi gave them a first-half lead before team-mate Daniele Rugani made it 2-0 eight minutes after the restart.

However, the hosts staged a comeback with Duvan Zapata reducing the deficit in the 67th minute before substitute Jonathan de Guzman made it 2-2 shortly after.

Lazio piled further misery on Parma with a 2-1 win at the Stadio Ennio Tardini that left Roberto Donadoni’s side rooted to the bottom of the table.

Raffaele Palladino put the hosts ahead in the 45th minute but Parma’s joy was shortlived as Lazio’s Stefano Mauri equalised seconds before half-time.

Felipe Anderson then put the Romans in front for good before the hour mark as Lazio halted a three-match winless streak to climb to fifth in the standings.

Elsewhere, Atalanta came from behind to beat strugglers Cesena 3-2, ending a six-match winless run.

Gregoire Defrel’s brace had given Cesena a 2-0 lead after 43 minutes had been played before Yohan Benalouane reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time.

Goals from Guglielmo Stendardo and Maximiliano Moralez early in the second half handed Atalanta their first league win since October 19 and boosted them four points clear of the relegation zone.

Roma needed two late goals from Adem Ljajic to deny plucky Sassuolo an historic victory in a Serie A match at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi rested talismanic captain Francesco Totti with Wednesday’s crucial Champions League showdown with Manchester City in mind and the capital club missed his leadership as Sassuolo snaffled two early goals in the 2-2 draw.

Simone Zaza scored both, first capitalising on Morgan de Sanctis’ goalkeeping gaffe and then beating the Roma stopper from a close encounter only minutes later.

Daniele De Rossi’s dismissal shortly after the break spelled doom for Roma but they rallied to cut the deficit through a Ljajic penalty 12 minutes from time.

As the seconds ticked away, the Serbian rifled a last-gasp leveller before Sassuolo defender Sime Vrsaljko saw red to rub salt in the visitors’ wounds.

Given the fact leaders Juventus were held to a goalless draw by Fiorentina on Friday night, an opportunity to close the gap to a single point passed Roma by, and they remain three points off the pace.

Struggling Torino twice fought back to force a 2-2 draw at home to Palermo but the Stadio Olimpico club remain without a victory in their last seven league games.

Josef Martinez’s first goal in Granata colours cancelled out Luca Rigoni’s opener before Kamil Glik responded to a clever finish from Paulo Dybala, who has now scored for Palermo in each of his last five appearances.

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Barcelona v Espanyol

Barcelona 5-1 Espanyol.

Barcelona 5-1 Espanyol.

Led by an outstanding Lionel Messi has Barcelona in the derby very little left of Espanyol. Partly thanks to three goals from the Argentine phenomenon it was 5-1 at Nou Camp.

Sergio Garcia put Espanyol after 13 minutes surprising on lead. Outside a free kick from Messi on the bar the home team put there in the first 45 minutes not a whole lot opposite. On the stroke of half time but it was still the same. Messi curled the ball from outside the 16 beautifully into the goal: 1-1.

After the break there was no holding back for Espanyol. Via hits Messi, Gerrard Pique, Pedro and Messi again on 5-1 lead.

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Zlatan+Ibrahimovic

Paris St Germain 1-0 Nantes.

Paris St Germain 1-0 Nantes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has Paris Saint-Germain Saturday handedly helped on three points.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrated his return to action with a brace of goals as Paris St Germain beat Nantes 2-1 at the Parc des Princes to climb to the top of Ligue 1.

The talismanic Sweden striker was rested for PSG’s midweek draw at Lille due to his troublesome heel injury, but produced a man-of-the-match display against Michel Der Zakarian’s side, with goals in the 34th and 48th minutes after Alejandro Bedoya had given Nantes an early lead.

Victory for Laurent Blanc’s side meant they leapfrogged Marseille into top spot, although Marcelo Bielsa’s team will return to first place should they beat Metz at home on Sunday evening.

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Bayern

Bayern Munich 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich survived a stern test from Bayer Leverkusen to remain seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win at the Allianz Arena.

Leverkusen made life difficult for the league leaders in the first half but, after Franck Ribery put Bayern in front, they wasted chances to win more handsomely.

The three points nevertheless give Bayern a sizeable cushion over Wolfsburg in second place while Leverkusen slip 13 points adrift, also dropping to fourth in the table behind Augsburg.

Wolfsburg had earlier kept the pressure up on Bayern with a 3-1 win at Hannover in the Lower Saxony derby.

Joselu cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne’s early opener for the Wolves but the visitors still took the points thanks to goals from Bas Dost and Maximilian Arnold.

Augsburg, meanwhile, continued their shock rise up the standings with a 2-1 comeback win at Cologne.

Alexander Esswein scored the winner in stoppage time after his team-mate Nikola Djurdjic had levelled up Anthony Ujah’s 14th-minute opener for Cologne.

It was a deserved fourth successive win for Markus Weinzierl’s men, who have recovered superbly from losing their first two games of the season.

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Stoke City v Arsenal

Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal.

Stoke City 3-2 Arsenal.

The Gunners are the team Stoke relish taking on more than any other and the home fans were in dreamland after Peter Crouch, with the fastest goal of the Premier League season, Bojan Krkic and Jonathan Walters put them three up at half-time.

But, after Bojan had a fourth ruled out for offside, Santi Cazorla pulled one back from the penalty spot and two minutes later Aaron Ramsey reduced the deficit further.

There were still 20 minutes to play but the sending off of Calum Chambers for two yellow cards reduced the heat a little and Arsenal could not find a third.

The result brought an end to Arsenal’s run of three successive wins and ended a losing sequence of three for the hosts.

The bad blood between these teams dates back to the challenge made by Ryan Shawcross on Ramsey nearly five years ago that broke the Arsenal player’s leg.

Arsene Wenger was unhappy with pre-match comments from Shawcross hyping up the rivalry and the Stoke captain’s name was greeted with loud boos from the visiting fans.

But they were silenced only 19 seconds into the match as Steven Nzonzi got away down the right and sent over a cross that Chambers failed to clear under pressure from Mame Biram Diouf.

The ball ran to Crouch, making his first start in more than a month – and he had the simple task of tapping it in after goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez lost his balance and fell over.

Teenage defender Hector Bellerin was making only his second Premier League start for Arsenal and his fine cross in the 11th minute should have set up an equaliser but somehow Olivier Giroud headed wide.

Bojan has grown into Stoke’s main creative force and his link-up play, in particular with Crouch, was causing Arsenal real problems.

Stoke were relishing the lively atmosphere and tempo and full-back Phil Bardsley got into the spirit with a fierce shot that Martinez could only push uncomfortably away.

Fortunately for the Arsenal keeper, Chambers reacted quickly to ensure Crouch could not take advantage of the rebound.

Arsenal looked sporadically dangerous and Asmir Begovic may well have been struggling had Cazorla’s 20-yard effort been on target rather than just over the bar.

But largely the game was being controlled by Stoke and it was no more than they and Bojan deserved in the 35th minute when the Spaniard classily converted Walters’ terrific cross.

The gleeful chant of ‘2-0 to the rugby team’ rung around the stadium – mocking a famous Wenger jibe about Stoke’s style of play under former manager Tony Pulis.

But even the Arsenal boss must have been impressed by the fluidity of Stoke, who were simply outplaying his side.

Begovic had to be alert to preserve the lead in the 38th minute when a Giroud header deflected off Shawcross, but just before half-time Stoke added a third.

Bojan’s corner was headed down by Crouch and an unmarked Walters slammed the 100th club goal of his career high into the net.

Unsurprisingly, Wenger shuffled things around for the second half, sending on Danny Welbeck for Bellerin, with Mathieu Flamini moving to right-back.

Welbeck was straight into the action, seeing a shot deflected wide, but Stoke continued to pose plenty of problems.

Martinez was having an uncomfortable afternoon and he was caught out by a Bojan free-kick in the 51st minute.

The keeper had to dive back towards his goal to keep it out and was fortunate the ball arrived at Geoff Cameron’s feet too quickly for the defender to do anything with it.

At the other end, Alexis Sanchez almost made Nzonzi pay for a poor error when he ran through on goal, beating Shawcross and Begovic, but shot against the post.

It looked curtains for Arsenal when Bojan found the net for the second time in the 65th minute – but a belated offside flag cut short the celebrations.

The Gunners went down the other end and won a penalty when Diouf tripped Flamini. Begovic got a hand to Cazorla’s shot but could not keep it out – and two minutes later Ramsey reduced the deficit to a single goal.

Begovic produced a fine save from Welbeck but Sanchez’s corner picked out Ramsey at the back post and he shot through a crowd of players.

Arsenal pushed hard for an equaliser but found themselves reduced to 10 men 12 minutes from time when Chambers was shown a second yellow card for pulling Bojan.

And, despite putting Stoke under a lot of pressure, the third did not come.

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Schalke

VfB Stuttgart 0-4 Schalke 04.

VfB Stuttgart 0-4 Schalke 04.

Schalke picked up their first away points under Roberto Di Matteo in style on Saturday with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting netting a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Stuttgart.

Choupo-Moting had the ball in the back of the net after less than 60 seconds before Max Meyer added a second shortly after.

Choupo-Moting’s second ensured Schalke led 3-0 after 21 minutes and he added a fourth in the second half to leave Stuttgart rooted to the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Schalke have won only once on their travels this season, and never under Di Matteo, but the chances of that record changing appeared high when Choupo-Moting put them in front within a minute.

Tranquillo Barnetta’s free-kick was met at the near post by the Cameroonian, who used the outside of his right boot to direct the ball past Sven Ulreich from six yards.

Schalke led by two goals after only 10 minutes when Choupo-Moting this time turned provider for Meyer, whose first shot took a deflection off a defender to loop over Ulreich and the Schalke midfielder continued his run to head the ball into the unguarded goal from a tight angle.

In the 21st minute, Choupo-Moting was left completely unmarked to head the Royal Blues three goals in front for their third Bundesliga game in a row.

Their last two both ended with victories, although they only just held on to beat Wolfsburg 3-2, beating Mainz more comfortably last weekend 4-1.

Stuttgart, meanwhile, had already recovered from a three-goal deficit once this season, salvaging a 3-3 draw with Bayer Leverkusen.

Given their defensive frailties, that was not likely to happen this time as Choupo-Moting capitalised once again to complete his hat-trick with yet another unmarked header.

Schalke then showed a little mercy on their hosts, although Stuttgart coach Huub Stevens had certainly already seen what he needs to work on if he is to succeed in saving the Swabians for the second season in a row.

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Chelsea loses the first points

Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea.

Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea.

Leader Chelsea is Saturday afternoon against a surprising defeat at Newcastle United approached. At St James Park was the 2-1 Newcastle, where the injured Tim Krul was missing. Daryl Janmaat made the victory at Chelsea inside the lines.

Chelsea’s pursuers later this weekend to take advantage of the slip of the vanguard.

Big man at the home team was the Senegalese Papiss Cisse, with goals in the 57th and 78th minute. Substitute Didier Drogba (header) made in the 83th minute yet the tying goal. The final offensive that followed against ten men (after red for Steven Taylor 81 minutes) Chelsea did not point anymore.

The Senegal international struck with his sixth goal of the season four minutes after replacing Remy Cabella, and then added a second 12 minutes from time.

Magpies defender Steven Taylor was dismissed for a second bookable offence and substitute Didier Drogba headed Jose Mourinho’s men back into the game with seven minutes remaining to spark a desperate, but ultimately fruitless, late flurry.

It was Chelsea’s third successive league defeat on Tyneside and left Mourinho still awaiting his first win in the competition at St James’ Park.

Even the returning Diego Costa could not prevent a Newcastle victory as rookie goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who had replaced the injured Rob Elliot at the break, denied he and then defender Felipe Luis at the end in front of a crowd of 52,019.

Chelsea arrived on Tyneside defending a 21-game unbeaten run since the start of the season and they began in ominous fashion with Newcastle’s policy of allowing opponents possession in front of them and attempting to hit them on the break resulting in one-way traffic for much of the opening half-hour.

With Costa restored to the side after suspension and Oscar, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas buzzing about behind him, they were utterly dominant in the early stages.

After Willian had twice shot wide, Fabregas saw a 23rd-minute effort deflected past the post after Taylor had blocked Hazard’s initial attempt, and Elliot had to save from Costa after Magpies midfielder Cheick Tiote had given the ball to Oscar.

But Newcastle finally found their feet and might have been ahead with 32 minutes gone when Thibaut Courtois blocked Jack Colback’s shot with a foot.

As Moussa Sissoko started to drive the home side forward, the game opened up and Colback had to make a last-ditch challenge on Costa on halfway to deny the Spaniard a run on goal.

However, the visitors continued to threaten and Costa went just wide with an acrobatic overhead kick on the stroke of half-time.

Pardew was forced to make a change at the break when Elliot, deputising for the injured Tim Krul, failed to reappear and was replaced by 21-year-old Alnwick, making his senior debut for the club.

The newcomer’s goal came under immediate threat with Paul Dummett and Taylor clearing low, driven Hazard crosses and Alnwick punching clear a Fabregas free-kick, flooring Costa in the process.

Pardew replaced midfielder Remy Cabella with Cisse eight minutes into the second half and the Magpies responded, although they were fortunate that John Obi Mikel powered a header wide from a Fabregas free-kick when he might have done better.

Newcastle took full advantage with 57 minutes gone when Gary Cahill failed to cut out Ameobi’s left-wing cross and Cisse slid home from close range, his second goal in five days.

Sissoko could have doubled his side’s advantage on the hour, but looped a header over after a Colback corner had been helped on at the near post.

Alnwick saved from substitute Andre Schurrle in the 62nd minute, before Mourinho sent on Luis and Drogba for Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian in a bid to inject fresh impetus into his team.

Chelsea hammered away at the Newcastle rearguard as it dropped ever deeper and Alnwick was grateful for the assistance of his left post to keep out Hazard’s steered effort with 12 minutes remaining.

But their hopes of a comeback were dashed within seconds when the home side broke at pace for Sissoko to set up Cisse, who made no mistake.

Chelsea were given fresh hope with nine minutes remaining when Taylor, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Willian, lunged at Schurrle and was cautioned for a second time, and Drogba glanced the resulting free-kick past Alnwick to reduce the deficit.

But even with six minutes of stoppage time in which to find an equaliser, they were unable to deny the 10 men victory.

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Chelsea loses the first points

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Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hoffenheim.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hoffenheim.

The ailing Borussia Dortmund has in the Bundesliga again good business done. The team of the embattled coach Jürgen Klopp won at home with 1-0 of second division club Hoffenheim.

Through the victory rises Dortmund at least for a moment from last to the 14th place in the Bundesliga and HSV must at least equal play to leave the last place.

Ilkay Gundogan gave his team the victory, only the fourth of this season. The 24 year old midfielder scored with a header and gave the overjoyed Klopp again some air.

Dortmund experience from scratch a very disappointing start to the season. The club from the Ruhr area, in recent years the only serious competitor of Bayern Munich, after the victory has only 14 points from 14 matches. Bayern has 33 points from 13 matches.

Remarkably came Dortmund the group stage of the Champions League already without problems through. In a group with Arsenal, Anderlecht and Galatasaray took the team of Klopp already 12 points from five matches.

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