Arsenal have once again suffered a major injury blow to their defence after Mathieu Debuchy, who only recently returned to the starting line up, was stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder during their 3-0 victory over Stoke City, Skysports reports.
The 29-year-old fell onto the pathway and struck the advertising boards surrounding the Emirates Stadium after clashing into Marko Arnautovic, forcing him to be replaced by Hector Bellerin 11 minutes into the first half.
After being treated on the sidelines, Debuchy was taken away with club doctors revealing the extent of the injury to Arsene Wenger, who admitted that he will now have a few selection problems regarding the role.
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.
“We don’t know yet, but he will certainly not play next week. Kieran Gibbs still has an inflamed ankle.
“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 French right back only returned from an ankle problem which left him on the sidelines for three months and could now miss even more matches in light of his latest knock.