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Arsenal falls short of defenders as Mathieu Debuchy dislocates his shoulder

2.00K   //    12 Jan 2015, 15:41 IST
Debuchy will not be able to play next week

Arsenal’s right back, Mathieu Debuchy was found clutching his upper arm, during their encounter against Stoke City this past weekend. He fell down after colliding with Stoke’s midfielder Marko Arnautovic. He was treated on the sidelines before being carried to the treatment room at the Emirates for an X-ray. The X-ray reports confirmed that Debuchy was down with a dislocated right shoulder.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the injury and expressed doubts when asked about the player’s recovery. Wenger said, “He has a dislocated shoulder. It is difficult (to say how long he will be out) - you need a diagnosis from a specialist.”

With Kieran Gibbs still suffering from an inflamed ankle, defensive worries are high at the Emirates. Wenger said “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.”

The Frenchman was replaced by Hector Bellerin in the 13th minute. The injury was a blow to Debuchy and the club as he had just returned from an ankle injury, after missing three months of the ongoing season. Arsene Wenger confirmed that he will not be playing next week.

Meanwhile, the return of Mesut Ozil is expected to bring some relief after this setback. 

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