Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that defender Mathieu Debuchy suffered a dislocated shoulder during Sunday’s 3-0 win over Stoke City.
The French centre-back was helped off the pitch on a stretcher after prolonged treatment on the touchline after landing awkwardly.
“He has to see a specialist then we see where we go from there,” said Wenger. “A dislocated shoulder can take a while.”
Debuchy had barely settled down at the London outfit after missing three months of the season with an ankle injury.
The good news for the Emirates Stadium crowd was the return of Mesut Ozil and the sight of Aaron Ramsey on the bench. Olivier Giroud and Nacho Monreal also started against the ‘Potters’ as Arsenal climbed up to fifth in the table.
“Hopefully now a few players are back from injury, we can keep our run going. We had players in contention to start today, but we lost another defender (Debuchy) and I’m not sure for how long.”