Debuchy holds his ankle and could be out till 2015
As he struggles to find players who are fit to travel to red-hot Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, Arsene Wenger will await news on the nature of the injury of Mattieu Debuchy. A message posted on a facebook account believed to be the defender’s own seems to suggest that the Arsenal man had broken a ligament in his right ankle as a result of his freak accident while running to the ball in Sunday’s League clash with City. It had been initially calculated that the Frenchman would be out for a period of between 2 to 3 months; if, on the other hand, he requires a surgery, he may not be back until after Christmas.
We relinquished the lead in that game after the applause that heralded his stretching off, and with news of some other injury concerns in the squad, things are falling apart so early already.
Arsenal do not ever have any luck with injuries. It has become as established a tradition as teammates wearing same length of sleeve on match days as that chosen by the captain. Sanogo and Monreal did not travel with the squad to Dortmund, while Calum Chambers stayed out the game with an itchy throat infection. The sight of Jack Wilshere in the latter stages of that game lying on the floor holding his ankle generated many frets amongst fans, the manager himself expressing concern over the nature of the injury. Wilshere’s ankle is probably the most bruised in world football and recalling how long it had kept him from playing in the past is a cause for real worry especially as he now seems to be recovering the form that made him the hinge for the Arsenal future.
Ospina, Gibbs, Koscielny, Arteta, Ramsey and Diaby have all had one knock or the other at some stage this season and seeing we are just in October, it leaves us wondering how we will prosecute the litany of games which come thick and fast over the next few weeks.
Within two weeks after the Aston Villa clash, we embark on a London tour of games – Southampton and Galatasaray at the Emirates, to be followed by successive derbies with Tottenham and Chelsea. Such a schedule demands that we are able to manage and rotate players carefully, adapting the squad selection to the need of each game, with one side of the eye looking unto the next. As it stands, we are quite stripped to the marrow and producing some kind of magic in Matchday 18 at Villa Park this weekend may stand out as some achievement.
On the attacking front, there appears to be some measure of respite, yet the unexpected is still within reach. We have been without Walcott since the turn of the New Year while Giroud seems to have packed for Christmas very early. How we must be desperate for Alexis not to start cramping up from his exertions in previous games, where his work rate has been one of the few highlights of an otherwise underwhelming start to our season.
Perhaps this will give opportunity to some other players to stake a claim to a more important role in the team, vis-à-vis Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Campbell. Blessings in disguise? We can only be hopeful for the best.
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