Gunners supporters respond with sarcasm to the news that French full back will be sidelined for three months.
Discounting Aston Villa, who currently have nine players sidelined (but six of whom are suffering illness), Arsenal are joint top of the injury league thanks to six separate issues:
- Serge Gnabry's knee complaint
- Theo Walcott who has been recuperating from anterior cruciate ligament damage in his knee
- Nacho Monreal's back issue
- Yaya Sanogo's hamstring tweak
- Olivier Giroud and…
- Debuchy whom are both out with ankle problems.
The fact that Debuchy had to undergo surgery and his recovery period is set at three months just worsens Arsenal's injury woes as manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on the club's official website: "It is a blow of course, how big it will be we will only know afterwards because it will be down to how well we replace him."
Arsenal, though, are just a suspension or short-term injury away from a defensive crisis as, while Wenger bolstered the team's attacking weaponry with the addition of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, only Debuchy and footballing novice Calum Chambers were drafted in to a rearguard that was crying out for a: one Thomas Vermaelen replacement and b: an heir to the holding midfield throne long vacated by Gilberto Silva.
A number of Arsenal supporters reacted to the Mathieu Debuchy news with sarcasm on Twitter, claiming that perhaps it would have been wise for Wenger to ensure that there was accomplished back-up in crucial positions.
Arsenal have the most injuries of any BPL team: Yaya Sanogo, Nacho Monreal, Serge Gnabry, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy, Olivier Giroud #AFC— Dylan (@Invinicbles2004) September 22, 2014
Debuchy out for 3 months and monreal out for a few weeks. Great logic not to sign a defender! #afc— Ed Riz (@riz_ed) September 22, 2014
Big blow for #afc, Mathieu Debuchy ruled out for 3 months. Depleted reinforcements at RB. Onus on Calum Chambers to consistently produce.— Ahmed Osoble (@osobleahmed) September 22, 2014