Cape Town - Mathieu Debuchy hopes to return to full training next month and is determined to make up for lost time after an early setback to his Arsenal career.
The summer signing has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City in September, but he is making small steps towards a full recovery.
“My injury is now better,” said Debuchy on the club's official website.
“I work hard every day with the physio and I want to be back on the pitch in December. I’m looking forward to it.
“I was really proud when I signed for Arsenal and it has been frustrating getting injured so soon, but I am focused on coming back stronger. I am very positive about that.
“Training at Arsenal is an extremely high standard. I’m nearly 30 but I’m still improving by training with players who are of such a high quality, like everyone at Arsenal.”
“It’s been more frustrating watching from the stands than being on the pitch. The last two games have been quite positive and hopefully when we face Manchester United we’ll come out on top.”
Arsenal host Manchester United on Saturday, November 22 at the Emirates.
The Gunners are one place higher (sixth) on the English Premiership table with one more point (17 points from 11 games) than their guests arrive with on Saturday.
The match kicks off at 19:30.