Arsenal player Mathieu Debuchy “destroyed” after tackle: Arsene Wenger conference in London Colney

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) - Credit: Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has questioned last Sunday’s tackle against Mathieu Debuchy by Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic, resulting in the Gunner dislocating a shoulder.

The Gunner was stretchered off after suffering the injury in the match won by Arsenal 3-0, after he appeared to have been pushed into advertising hoarding at the team’s Emirates stadium.

Commenting on the impact on the France international to the media at today’s (Friday) press conference at Arsenal’s training grounds in London Colney, Wenger said that Debuchy was “destroyed”.

Arsenal’s boss added: “He is destroyed, because he is such a keen player, so professional, so willing.

“It is his first year here and of course he is embarrassed but it’s not his fault. He was pushed and the push was not needed. I watched it again and it was a bit unlucky as well because there is a little divot just after the touchline and maybe that made it worse.”


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Asked whether official action should be taken as a result, Wenger replied: “I don’t know. I don’t think it was malicious but it wasn’t needed.”

However Wenger said he did not think that Arnautovic intended hurting his player.

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He confirmed that Debuchy, who has recently had surgery on his right shoulder, is likely to spend the next three months recovering.

Wenger told reporters that club captain Mikel Arteta’s recovery is continuing, with the player likely to be out for six weeks following surgery.

He said there was good news on the injury front elsewhere, with Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott available for Sunday’s clash against Manchester City.

He added that Kieran Gibbs is undergoing tests today to gauge his fitness, “and he should come back in the squad”.

And there is also good news for Harpenden’s Jack Wilshere who is apparently, “doing very well and is ahead of schedule.

“We always said [he would return] by the end of February.”

Last week Wenger indicated that Danny Welbeck, who injured his thigh, might be available this week, but, unfortunately: “That was the wrong hope. I think he has two more weeks.”

And, he has not yet decided who will play in goal this weekend.

Commenting on this weekend’s match, Wenger said he was keen for the team to give itself the chance to win, adding, “We want to have a good balance between attacking and defending because you know that City attacks very well.”

Reminded of the fact that Arsenal does not have a good record in Manchester in the Premier League, Wenger replied that it was down to the quality of their team, but history would not play a big part, as it depended on the Gunners’ performance on the day.

Prodded on an increasing number of red cards, Wenger was asked whether that was an indication of how much such matches mattered?

He said that while it was important his team kept calm and in control, and that players respected the rules, the red cards were also attributed to “referring decisions”.

He said: “We want to put in the effort. Mathematically we are not in the best position but what we want to do is give ourselves a chance.”

Off the field, Polish star Krystian Bielik is undergoing a Arsenal medical today, with Wenger confirming that should all go well, he will become a Gunner.

But Arsenal scouts are still “working hard” to find defenders.

Per Mertesacker has tweeted his support for Debuchy, recently saying: “Get well soon @MatDebuchy! I hope you are very soon back with the team.

And Mikel Arteta tweeted his supporters last night, saying: ‘”Resting at home now, feeling very well after the surgery. Wanted to thank u (sic) all for the support and the good wishes!”

Tuesday (20) will see Calum Chambers celebrating his 20th birthday.

• Manchester City V Arsenal, Barclays Premier League, Sunday January 18, Etihad Stadium, 4pm

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