Arsenal have been handed a major boost after crocked defender Mathieu Debuchy revealed plans to make his injury comeback in December, prior to the busy Christmas period of fixtures.
The Mail on Sunday carries quotes from the France international, who details the difficult spell he's had to endure on the sidelines in north London, helplessly watching on as the Gunners squad continues to struggle with a string of absentees.
Arsene Wenger has been down to the bare bones - particularly at the back this term - so news of Debuchy's imminent return will provide the 65-year-old with some much needed respite.
The 29-year-old has not featured since picking up an ankle problem during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City back in September, leaving fellow summer signing Calum Chambers to fill in at right-back.
However, Chambers is relatively inexperienced, despite his £16 million transfer from Southampton in August, and has been thrown in at the deep end by Wenger because of the lack of other defensive options available to him.
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The extent of Arsenal's defensive frailty has been exposed in each of their previous two games, after they threw away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, last weekend the Gunners were pegged back from a goal up to lose 2-1 against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League, leaving them in sixth place in the table heading into the international break.
"I work hard every day with the physio and I want to be back on the pitch in December."
Next weekend Wenger's men host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium, and they'll be hoping to get back to winning ways as they look to get their challenge for a top four spot back on track in 2014/15.
Chambers is still likely to start on the right side of defence, but Debuchy's integration back into first-team training will surely give everyone at the club a huge lift.
"My injury is now better,” he revealed in an interview with Arsenal.com. "I work hard every day with the physio and I want to be back on the pitch in December. I’m looking forward to it.
"I was really proud when I signed for Arsenal and it has been frustrating getting injured so soon, but I am focused on coming back stronger. I am very positive about that.
"Training at Arsenal is an extremely high standard. I’m nearly 30 but I’m still improving by training with players who are of such a high quality, like everyone at Arsenal."
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