Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy faces up to three months on the sidelines, according to The Sun. The Frenchman suffered a suspected sprain in Arsenal’s match against Manchester City on Saturday.
Manager Arsene Wenger admitted after the game that it “doesn’t look too good” for Debuchy, with teammate Mathieu Flamini adding that he was “very sad for him” as the injury “looks serious”.
The club are waiting for the medical team to make further assessments, but it appears Arsenal could be without their first choice right-back until December.
Debuchy signed for Arsenal from Newcastle United in the summer as a replacement for long-term right-back Bacary Sagna. The 29-year-old has quickly established himself in the side, starting all seven games so far this season.
His prior Premier League experience means he has hit the ground running and up to now has looked a valuable asset for the Gunners.
Chambers to cover
Calum Chambers now looks set to deputise for him for an extended period, starting with Tuesday night’s Champions League clash away at Borussia Dortmund if he recovers from tonsillitis in time to play.
So far this season, Chambers has played primarily at centre-back and although he has acquitted himself well, at 19-years-old he lacks the top level experience to inspire real confidence from the Arsenal fans.
The ex-Southampton man does however have at least some experience of playing at full-back for his former club last season, however.
Lack of defenders
With Chambers now required to fill-in at right-back there will also be concern that Wenger’s side lack cover across the back four.
Arsenal list only six defenders in their first-team squad and with Debuchy out, an injury to either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny would leave the Gunners with no available replacement with experience.
Wenger’s decision to allow former captain Thomas Vermaelen to leave for Barcelona in the summer without signing an experienced central defender as a replacement may now draw sharper criticism from Arsenal fans, as this latest injury setback threatens to leave them exposed at the back.