Worse than first feared? Report puts Debuchy out until Christmas

Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy

The Mirror has suggested that Mathieu Debuchy's ankle injury could keep him out for longer than first feared.

The Mirror claims Arsenal will be without right-back Mathieu Debuchy until at least Christmas.

The Frenchman picked up an ankle injury in the weekend draw against Manchester City, to leave Arsene Wenger ruing not signing more defensive cover over the summer transfer window.

“Mathieu Debuchy is facing three months out to plunge Arsenal into a defensive injury crisis,” reports the Mirror.

“Arsene Wenger fears Debuchy will be missing until Christmas after suffering significant ligament damage when he sprained his ankle during Saturday’s draw with Manchester City.”

The injury comes at a bad time for the Gunners, who are preparing to face Borussia Dortmund at the start of their Champions League campaign, with arguably their most difficult fixture of the group stage.

Fortunately for Wenger, he does have an option on the right in the form of summer signing Calum Chambers.

Chambers has made an impression in the middle of Arsenal’s defence this season, but he’s versatile enough to play at right-back or a holding role at the bottom of the side’s midfield.

He has good experience from the right-back role from his days playing that position with Southampton.

He also showed with his performance in Turkey against Besiktas, as Arsenal qualified for the Champions League, that he’s not troubled by loud and intimidating atmospheres.

‘The Wall’ at Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion is noted as one of Europe’s noisiest collections of supporters.

The impact Debuchy’s injury has had on Arsenal is a tribute to the way he has started the season after moving from Newcastle United in the summer to replace Bacary Sagna.

However, Wenger’s side can just about cope and fingers crossed they don’t pick up any more injuries to their back four.

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