One of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s summer recruits, Mathieu Debuchy, is now out for three months following surgery on his ankle. The injury was sustained during the Gunners’ clash against Manchester City on the 13th of September.
When speaking about how much Arsenal will miss the right back, Arsene Wenger was quoted in BBC Sport as saying:
“How big it will be we will only know afterwards as it will be down to how well we replace him. We bought [Calum] Chambers for that,” added Wenger.
The French international started off the season in good form and looked to have added great pace to Arsenal’s back line. He will be missed by Arsene Wenger but this absence now gives Callum Chambers, as mentioned by Wenger, the chance to play more games with slightly less competition in defence.
The young England international will now be able to learn a lot more as he will undoubtedly be given a lot more game time. This is Arsenal’s second major injury blow so early on in this season with Olivier Giroud also sustaining an ankle injury, which hampers Arsenal’s options at the other end of the pitch.
However, injuries are part and parcel of a season and Wenger must now adapt quickly to these set backs or Arsenal will be left behind in the title race once again. Wenger could now possibly be on the lookout for a defender in the January transfer window with Debuchy likely to take a bit longer than three months to return to full match fitness following such a long lay-off ahead of him.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.
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