Mathieu Debuchy was taken off with a suspected dislocated shoulder in the win over Stoke City.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears to have confirmed that his side are in the market for a defensive signing during the January transfer window, report the Metro, with a suspected dislocated shoulder suffered by right back Mathieu Debuchy in the 3-0 win over Stoke City potentially accelerating the need for action.
The Gunners played some sumptuous football as they tore apart a Stoke City side who had caused them huge problems in Staffordshire just one month ago, with Alexis Sanchez at the heart of everything good about Arsenal, but the injury to Debuchy, suffered in an early clash with Mark Arnautovic, is the only grey lining on a largely silver cloud for Wenger.
The Frenchman indicated in his post-match briefing that he was in the market for a defensive player even before the injury to former Newcastle United man Debuchy, but he also hinted that events at the Emirates Stadium today could increase the urgency of the situation:
“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.”
Debuchy has already spent a significant part of this season the sidelines after suffering an injury early on in his Arsenal career, with Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers deputising, and it now looks as though the French international will be spending some more time on the sidelines.