Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his January transfer plans in the aftermath of the injury to Mathieu Debuchy, Metro reports.
The France international right-back dislocated his shoulder early in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Stoke on Sunday, and is expected to miss the next several games.
Debuchy only joined from Newcastle United in the summer and has already missed most of the season with ankle problem, with the likes of Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin replacing the defender during his recovery.
However despite Debuchy’s expected absence, Wenger he will still be in the market for a centre-back rather than a right-back.
“The only negative today is that we lost another experienced defender with a dislocated shoulder,” he said.
“That gives us a problem because we are already short of experienced players at the back.
“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.”
Arsenal will travel to face the Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad in next weekend’s Premier League clash.