Mathieu Debuchy has dislocated his right shoulder after a nasty shove by Arnautovic in the 3-0 victory over Stoke City and is certainly ruled out for next weekends trip to Manchester City.
The France international has had a torrid time with injuries this season, rolling his ankle in the last clash with City in September that ruled him out until December. It seems Arsenal’s injury train is showing no signs of slowing down.
Kieran Gibbs also has an ankle problem with Wenger confirming he is suffering from inflammation and was unable to play today. Hopefully the Englishman will make a quick recovery considering Wenger has yet to seal defensive reinforcement/s in the transfer window.
Wenger gave an update to the press on Debuchy and Gibbs’ injury situation’s:
He has a dislocated shoulder. It’s difficult – you need a diagnosis from a specialist. We don’t know yet but he will certainly not play next week. Kieran Gibbs still has an inflamed ankle. The test yesterday told us it didn’t work.
Wenger also touched on transfers and reiterated his desire to add a centre back this month especially with Debuchy and Gibbs both injured.
The Gunners boss was asked whether the fresh injury worries will influence his involvement in the transfer window, he responded:
Not so much because we were in the market anyway. Monreal and Debuchy can play centre back, but if Gibbs is not here Monreal cannot play centre back and if Debuchy is not here he cannot play centre back. This is a position where we are short.
Calum Chambers also missed the tie through illness leaving Hector Bellerin to slot in for Debuchy at right back.
Chambers was sick. I took him with the team but I decided at the last minute to leave him out of the squad because he’s been sick in the last two days.
A horrible day for Debuchy who was stretchered from the field wincing in pain, it looked a nasty fall and one of the last things we needed ahead of the tie with City.
Let’s hope for some good news on Debuchy and the damage is not too severe. Same goes for Gibbs.