Arsenal’s Debuchy set to be middle man in Newcastle reunion

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MATHIEU Debuchy is set to be pitched in at centre-half against his former club Newcastle United.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger – without the injured Laurent Koscielny and the suspended Calum Chambers – is down to the bare bones in defence ahead of this evening’s game at the Emirates Stadium.

And Debuchy – who only returned from a long-term ankle injury against Galatasaray in midweek – could be switched to central defence after just one training in the position.

Wenger said: “I have asked him already, and it’s what I have to decide.

“The solution I have to decide will not be ideal – it will be a gamble – but there’s not a massive difference between right-back and centre-back.”

France international Debuchy joined Arsenal from Newcastle in the summer.

The 29-year-old was replaced by Daryl Janmaat, who signed from Feyenoord.