Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy has taken to social networking site Facebook in a bid to offer his support ahead of the North London derby with Tottenham Hotspur.
He said: Sad to miss the north London derby tomorrow... Confident for the lads, i know they will do their best!
The 29-year-old right-back became one of Arsenal’s main summer signings, moving to the Emirates this summer from Newcastle United for a reported £12 transfer fee.
He was immediately tasked with replacing former fans favourite Bacary Sagna who controversially opted to join Manchester City after winding down his contract at the club.
Despite a rocky start including receiving a red card in the Champions League clash at home to Besiktas, the French international soon found his form and started each of Arsenal’s four Premier League games.
His progress, however, was cruelly halted following an ankle sprain sustained in the 2-2 home draw with Manchester City – an injury expected to see him out of action for at least 10 weeks.
Debuchy will miss a number of games in the Champions League as well as Premier League ties with Chelsea and Manchester United, but it’s Saturday’s clash which will hurt the most.
Arsene Wenger’s side entertain North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the 174th meeting between the two sides, with the Gunners looking to add a fifth-straight home win over Pochettino’s men.
The hosts go into the game as favourites despite winning just one of their previous five matches in all competitions, and Debuchy has full confidence in his teammates to get the job done.
This is Arsene Wenger's 44th match in charge of Arsenal against Spurs, with his record standing at 21 wins, 16 draws and six losses.
Whilst Debuchy won’t be able to participate in game number 45, he will be hoping his boss’ win record stands at 22 before the return clash at White Hart Lane in February.