Arsene Wenger says Mathieu Debuchy’s second operation of the season has left the defender ‘destroyed and embarrassed’.
The France international has played only 14 of Arsenal’s 32 games so far this season and is unlikely to play again before the end of April after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Stoke last weekend.
Having already been sidelined for 87 days by ankle ligament damage that required surgery in September, it’s been a tough start to life at the Emirates for the summer signing from Newcastle.
“He is destroyed because he is such a keen player, so professional, so willing,” reflected Wenger in his pre-Manchester City press conference.
“It is his first year here and of course he is embarrassed. But it is not his fault.
“He was pushed. The push was not needed. I watched it again and in that situation he was a bit unlucky as well because there is a little divot [the camber on the pitch] just after the touchline and maybe that made it worse. I just think that Arnautovic had no chance to get the ball.
“I don’t think it was malicious but it was not needed because he had no chance to get the ball. I am not a specialist and these subjects are always very sensitive because I don’t really know what his intention was. It is difficult. It is not obvious. I don’t think he wanted to hurt him but it was not needed.”
Get well soon Mathieu. We’d like to say lightning can’t strike twice…but in a way, such has been the randomness of his two injuries, it kinda has.
Interestingly, a lightning strike is one of the few remaining ways our players haven’t been injured.