Debuchy injury leaves Wenger with potential defensive headache

Arsenal are facing a mini defensive crisis after full back Mathieu Debuchy was stretchered off at the weekend, reports the Telegraph, with Arsene Wenger now left to ponder his options.

Debuchy twisted his ankle during the 2-2 draw with Manchester City and is expected to be out for around two months after suffering ligament damage.

While there is relief around the situation that the Frenchman has not broken the ankle bone Wenger is now left with a defensive headache.

Both Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have been in and out of the side through fitness or knocks, with no real central cover in Arsenal’s squad.

Callum Chambers has deputised well at centre back but now looks set for a stint at his natural position of right full back – leaving options thin to the ground.

Nacho Monreal was used in the centre during preseason and Wenger may choose to call on the Spaniard should Mertesacker and Koscielny suffer injury, with Kieran Gibbs almost fit to slot back into the left back position.

Right back cover can be provided by youngster Hector Bellerin who is regarded as a good prospect for the future but he lacks big game time, while Mathieu Flamini can also operate as an emergency right back.

While there are options for Wenger his squad has been left thin, and any more injury setbacks to defenders will give the Arsenal boss problems.

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