If Arsenal get the bad news that they and Mathieu Debuchy are fearing tonight, after the France international has an exploratory examination on his ankle, then it looks like the Gunners will be without our new right back for the rest of this calendar year.
That would be terrible news and rotten luck for the club and the player. I am sure that one of the reasons for him wanting to move from Newcastle United to Arsenal was to be at a bigger club and to experience more of those Champions League nights that he enjoyed while playing for Lille. And if he needs an operation, he will miss every single one of the group stage matches, after being sent off in the play-offs. Great.
Arsene Wenger revealed the situation in his latest Arsenal injury update on Arsenal.com, as well as the potential length of time we would miss the Frenchman depending on the results of the exam. Whatever happens, we are going to have to rely on Chambers and Bellerin for a while.
The manager said, “He has an exploration of his ankle on Friday night and they go in and look how the ligament is damaged, and after that we know if he does need surgery. If he doesn’t, it’ll be six weeks, if he does need surgery it’ll be three months. At the moment we don’t know.”
Even if the medical news is good, Debuchy will still miss at least half of the European group games, with six weeks taking us up to the home tie with Anderlecht in early November. He would probably be fit for the last two vital clashes with Dortmund and Galatasaray, though, so we can only hope that our luck changes.