Arsenal will once again bemoan an avoidable injury after French defender, Mathieu Debuchy sustained a dislocated shoulder after receiving a shove from Stoke City midfielder, Marko Arnautovic.
Debuchy was shepherding the ball out for a goal kick when the Stoke player pushed the former Newcastle defender and he fell down the steep slope onto the advertising boards.
The 29-year-old has only just returned from an ankle injury and has heaped misery on Arsenal’s defensive woes. Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger revealed after the game to BBC Sport: “It’s dislocated so it will take a while. He will have to see a specialist.”
Wenger added, “Nacho 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.”
It would appear the Arsenal boss needs to strengthen in the defensive positions if he wants to carry on challenging for that coveted top 4 spot.
By Oliver Baines | January 12th, 2015