Arsenal’s Debuchy ruled out for three months

Arsenal will be without right-back Mathieu Debuchy for three months after he underwent surgery on an ankle injury, BBC Sport has reported.

The Frenchman sustained the injury when he fell awkwardly in the latter stages of the 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City on September 13. He damaged ligaments in the fall and is set to miss the rest of Arsenal’s Champions League group matches as well as all of their Premier League fixtures until the festive period.

Calum Chambers is likely to step into the right-back position for the time being, with youngster Hector Bellerin – who made his full debut away to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday – the only other available backup, with Carl Jenkinson on loan at West Ham United for the season.

Manager Arsene Wenger said: “How big it will be we will only know afterwards as it will be down to how well we replace him. We bought Chambers for that.”

Debuchy has made seven appearances since joining Arsenal from Newcastle United in the summer. According to Wenger, his operation went well, but it does represent a significant blow for the Gunners, who are short on defensive options.

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