Arsene Wenger has hit out at Stoke City’s Mark Arnautovic, criticising him for his “unnecessary” push on Mathieu Debuchy during our 3-0 win at the Emirates last Sunday, as reported by the Mirror.
It was a disgusting act by the Austrian forward, who maliciously shoved our French right-back to the floor after it became clear he had no chance of getting the ball.
The 29-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder, and has now undergone surgery. He will miss three months of action, having already missed a large part of the season with an ankle injury.
Wenger had initially refused to comment on the incident, but having seen the replays he leapt to the defence of his compatriot.
“[Debuchy is] destroyed and embarrassed,” he said.
“He’s such a keen player. The push was unnecessary.
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“Arnautovic had no chance to get the ball.”
Things were finally starting to look up in terms of defensive injuries, with the return of French duo Laurent Koscielny and Debuchy looking sure to strengthen our back four. This blow has illustrated our lack of depth once again however, and is likely to force Le Prof into the transfer market this January.