Mathieu Debuchy could require surgery on a shoulder injury.
Arsenal are bracing themselves for another significant injury blow to a crucial first choice player, with the Mirror reporting that right back Mathieu Debuchy faces three months on the sidelines if a specialist decides that he requires surgery on a shoulder injury suffered in the weekend win over Stoke City.
Debuchy was stretched from the Emirates Stadium turf after an innocuous early collision with Stoke City winger Marko Arnauotovic, with the French international appearing to land awkwardly on his shoulder after receiving a push from Arnautovic as the ball headed out of play.
Whilst the Gunners still hold out hope that the injury suffered by Debuchy will not require him to go under the knife, meaning that he would be unavailable for just six weeks, a specialist is set to make the decision in the next 24 hours and Arsenal are bracing themselves for the worst.
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is already believed to be in the market for a defensive signing during the January window, with the club’s lack of defensive depth already having been exposed during the course of the season, but if Debuchy’s injury is to keep him out for a significant period of time then that could accelerate the process.