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Arsenal flop Mathieu Debuchy has as many league goals as Mesut Ozil

by 17/04/2018 12:17:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Mathieu Debuchy is now the top-scoring defender in Europe's top five leagues
  • Debuchy has scored four league goals since moving to St Etienne in January
  • The ex-Arsenal defender scored the winner in St Etienne's win over Strasborg
  • Debuchy's form has seen him back into contention for the France national side 

By Robert Cottingham For Mailonline

Published: 09:05 EDT, 17 April 2018 | Updated: 12:17 EDT, 17 April 2018

Mathieu Debuchy is now the highest-scoring defender in Europe's top five leagues after netting the only goal of the game for St Etienne at Strasborg. 

The ex-Arsenal defender has bagged four goals since joining St Etienne on a free transfer from the Gunners in January, making him Europe's most prolific defender.

Debuchy's total means he has scored as many goals in Ligue 1 this campaign as his former Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil has managed in the Premier League. 

Mathieu Debuchy has four goals in 10 Ligue 1 appearances since joining St Etienne in January
Mathieu Debuchy has four goals in 10 Ligue 1 appearances since joining St Etienne in January

Mathieu Debuchy has four goals in 10 Ligue 1 appearances since joining St Etienne in January

Right back Debuchy scored in his St Etienne debut in the 2-0 win at Amiens before scoring a 90th-minute equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against rivals Lyon.  

EUROPE'S TOP SCORING DEFENDERS*

Mathieu Debuchy (St Etienne) - 4

Naldo (Schalke) - 4

Marcelo (Lyon) - 3

Ivan Ramis (Eibar) - 3

Juanpe (Girona) - 3

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) - 3

Damien Da Silva (Caen) - 3

*From Europe's top five leagues: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. 

He then netted in the 3-0 win at Nantes before his winner eight minutes from time at Strasborg secured a 1-0 victory for his new side.

In total, Debuchy has made 10 league appearances for St Etienne and his impressive performances have garnered talk of a return to the France national set-up for the World Cup. 

The Frenchman was allowed to join St Etienne on a free transfer this January after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates. 

Debuchy made seven appearances for the Gunners in 2017-18, across the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Europa League, scoring once before his January move. 

Arsenal midfielder Ozil's four goals have come in 26 Premier League appearances for the struggling Gunners, who were beaten 2-1 by Newcastle on Sunday. 

Debuchy's Ligue 1 total matches his former team-mate Mesut Ozil's Premier League haul
Debuchy's Ligue 1 total matches his former team-mate Mesut Ozil's Premier League haul

Debuchy's Ligue 1 total matches his former team-mate Mesut Ozil's Premier League haul

Debuchy is mobbed after scoring St Etienne's winning goal in the 82nd minute at Strasborg
Debuchy is mobbed after scoring St Etienne's winning goal in the 82nd minute at Strasborg

Debuchy is mobbed after scoring St Etienne's winning goal in the 82nd minute at Strasborg

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