The Daily Mail has reported that Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy could miss three months following a dislocated shoulder injury.
The Frenchman picked up the problem during the win over Stoke City last weekend and the paper suggests that if he needs surgery, he’ll be out of action for a longer spell then first expected.
We’ve considered three key questions related to the potential setback as well as gauging initial reaction from Arsenal fans.
Can Arsenal cope?
At the moment, just about. Calum Chambers has the ability to play on the right hand side of the back four and Arsenal have other experienced players who can fill in down that side. Hector Bellerin also has good potential to be a long term right-back for the club.
Will it change Wenger’s transfer plans?
Potentially. The boss has already confirmed that he’s in the market for an experienced defender. He probably had his eye on a centre back but there’s no reason the Gunners can’t bring in a right sided defender as well, which would provide balance across the back four.
How will it affect the player?
Debuchy has already had one spell out of the team already this season with an ankle problem. He showed his mental resilience to fight his way back into the first team and while he should return before the end of the season.
Here’s what Arsenal fans on Twitter had to say about the possibility of not having Debuchy for three months.
Gutted for Debuchy!— Seref (@SerefAFC) January 12, 2015
Gutted for Debuchy - a stupid, petulant push and he's out for another 3 months— Ed Wilson (@ed_wilson87) January 12, 2015