Mathieu Debuchy will play at centre-half tomorrow for Arsenal despite the fact he’s never played there in his career. However, with Laurent Koscielny injured, Calum Chambers suspended and Nacho Monreal also lacking fitness, the former Newcastle man will face his old club in an unfamiliar position.
Speaking to the press, the Arsenal manager said, “Debuchy has never played there, I asked him already.
“The solution I have to decide will not be ideal. It will be a gamble. But there is not a massive difference between right-back and centre-back.”
It will probably mean putting Hector Bellerin at right back with Debuchy as the right-sided central defender, and there was no good news over the potential return of Laurent Koscielny who has picked up a calf injury as a result of his ongoing Achilles problem.
“I have to consider the fact he has an inflamed Achilles and nobody can guarantee that will not come back,” said Wenger.
“No doctor says to me: ‘It’s over.’ It can come back. Even with complete rest, you need to rest him for two or three months.
“But he didn’t rest completely, because you have to load your Achilles and strengthen, it is not a complete rest. To find back the strength in the Achilles, you have to load it and work on it.”
Earlier the manager had suggested that if everyone was fit he wouldn’t need to dip into the January transfer market, but admitted that the Koscielny situation would make that a necessity.
So, let’s hope Debuchy slots in well and we do the right business as soon as the transfer window opens.