Mathieu Debuchy believes he will return to the Arsenal first team next month ‘stronger’ and appears to be in good spirits with the light at the end of the tunnel for the injured right back.
The France international turned horribly on his ankle in September’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City and was ruled out until December at least after some serious damage to ligaments in his foot.
The 29-year-old is looking forward to returning to the fold and claims his injury is now ‘better’, perhaps not the most insightful update but positive news nevertheless.
Debuchy was quoted at an Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai saying:
My injury is now better. 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.
Training at Arsenal is an extremely high standard. I’m nearly 30 but I’m still improving by training with players who are of such a high quality, like everyone at Arsenal.
It’s been more frustrating watching from the stands than being on the pitch. The last two games have been quite positive and hopefully when we face Manchester United we’ll come out on top.
The Frenchman will be welcomed back with open arms next month with Arsenal’s depleted back line struggling of late. His experience and reliability has been sorely missed.
After a strong start to his Gunners career he was struck quickly with the injury curse. Unfortunately he is still a while off returning, but hopefully his compatriot Laurent Koscielny can lessen the load in the mean time.
Although Calum Chambers has done well in deputizing for the injured Debuchy, he is still a very young lad and has plenty to learn. A brilliant back up, but not someone we should be relying on week in, week out.
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