English Premiership

Gunners sweat over Debuchy injury

2016-11-28 17:59
Mathieu Debuchy. (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Arsenal are waiting to establish the full extent to the injury sustained by right-back Mathieu Debuchy during Sunday's 3-1 victory over Bournemouth.

The 31-year-old, who has endured a long-running battle for fitness in recent seasons, was replaced by Gabriel after just 16 minutes of the Premier League tie having pulled a hamstring.

It was his first Gunners appearance since November 2015, after damaging ankle ligaments ahead of a dislocated shoulder, before losing his place in the side to Hector Bellerin - and subsequently being shipped out on loan to Bordeaux for a season.

But with Bellerin now injured, Wenger opted to play the former France international, who only played 70 minutes with the Arsenal Under-23s before taking part on Sunday.

After the game, where two goals from Alexis Sanchez and a third from Theo Walcott cancelled out a Callum Wilson penalty to secure the win, Wenger was not optimistic about Debuchy making a quick recovery.

He said: "He thinks it's a severe one. I have to speak to medical people, but you can only assess it really after 48 hours. You have to let it bleed and after, usually they have an MRI 48 hours later to see how big the damage is."

Wenger though revealed that he anticipated a potential problem for Debuchy, and made provisions for losing the player.

"When I picked the squad, I imagined that something could happen to Debuchy because he's had many setbacks.

"He is devastated. He is such a great guy and puts such a commitment into his daily preparation.

"He started very well and was sharp. He did it on a back-heel pass that is quite dangerous for the hamstring."

Arsenal next travel to the Olympic Stadium on Saturday where they will face a West Ham United side who are desperate to find some form.

Kick off is at 19:30.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Sunday, 22 September 2019
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 15:00
Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Selhurst Park 15:00
Arsenal v Aston Villa, Emirates Stadium 17:30
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 17:30
Saturday, 28 September 2019
Sheffield United v Liverpool, Bramall Lane 13:30
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Crystal Palace v Norwich City, Selhurst Park 16:00
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion, Stamford Bridge 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 16:00
Aston Villa v Burnley, Villa Park 16:00
AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United, Vitality Stadium 16:00
Everton v Manchester City, Goodison Park 18:30
Sunday, 29 September 2019
Leicester City v Newcastle United, King Power Stadium 17:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.