Mathieu Debuchy targets December return for Arsenal

Mathieu Debuchy is confident that he will return to competitive action for Arsenal in December.

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has said that he hopes to be back in competitive action in December.

The France international right-back has been sidelined with an ankle injury since September, but he is on course to full recovery.

“My injury is now better,” Arsenal’s official website quotes Debuchy as saying at an Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai. “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.”

Debuchy was Arsenal’s big defensive signing in the summer transfer window when he made the move from Newcastle United.

The 29-year-old former Lille star cost the Gunners a reported £12 million as transfer fee, and he will be looking to prove to the fans that he is worth every penny.

Before suffering the injury against Manchester City in September, Debuchy made four Premier League appearances. He created one chance, and had a 79% pass accuracy and a 50% shot accuracy.

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