Arsenal star will return to first team action for Champions League clash

Arsenal ace Mathieu Debuchy is set to make his long awaited return from injury against Galatasaray in Tuesday’s Champions League clash, Mirror reports.

The French international has been out of action since sustaining ankle ligament damage back in September, only a couple of months after moving to the Emirates during the summer.

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But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be boosted by his recovery, which eases the club’s injury crisis ahead of Saturday’s clash against Debuchy’s former club Newcastle United.

Wenger said: “Debuchy is back with us and will play. What we want is a different defensive response and I am sure we will get it. We need to get our stability back defensively.”

Wenger will however rest several key players, with the Gunners already qualified for the knock-out phase.

“The players who needed it stayed behind – like Cazorla, Sanchez, Gibbs, Giroud, who is not qualified, and Welbeck, who could have travelled but recently had a little knee problem.

“Not because of the game against Stoke, but Sanchez had a groin problem for some time and he has played 27 games. And Cazorla has played many games, it is more the number of repetitive games we have.”