Late in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday, Mathieu Debuchy was forced off after an ankle injury. Initial signs didn't look good -- from his reaction to the treatment needed on the field to just how it appeared -- and frankly, I was concerned that he might have broken it.
After the game, Arsene Wenger alleviated some concerns, but not by a whole lot.
Wenger: "Debuchy has a bad ankle sprain. I don't know how long he will be out for but it doesn't look too good" #AFCvMCFC— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 13, 2014
So at least for the moment, doctors are saying it's not a break, which is good news. The bad news is that "I don't know how long he will be out" and "it doesn't look too good" are not especially encouraging things to hear about an injury. This is particularly true on our back line, which as we all know is a bit thinner than most of us would like.
The situation going forward is cloudy. Calum Chambers is capable at right back, but since he's also the backup centerback it really wouldn't be ideal for him to be starting for however long Debuchy's out, if it's longer than a couple weeks (which appears, at the moment, to be the case). Hector Bellerin is highly touted by many in the cadre of Arsenal fans who actually get to watch reserves games, but as far as I can tell, he has yet to be officially promoted into the first team -- despite the fact that he has trained with the first team in the past, and some on Twitter have said he's official, it's not official on the website, so who the hell knows.
Either way, this is on the list of things we were pretty much all hoping wouldn't happen. Time to see what kind of depth we really have.