By Emma Sanders
Arsenal fans reacted with frustration on Twitter after Mathieu Debuchy became the latest of the club’s players to break down with an injury.
The right-back made his first Premier League start in a year against Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon but limped off after just 14 minutes.
Debuchy’s comeback game was cut short by what manager Arsene Wenger fears could be a “severe” injury but Arsenal went on to secure all three points by recording a comfortable 3-1 victory.
Debuchy’s start came as a surprise given his lack of competitive action for the Gunners but, with Hector Bellerin sidelined with ankle ligament damage, the Frenchman was given the nod over Carl Jenkinson, who had deputised in the previous four games.
Wenger’s update on the Frenchman, as quoted by the official Arsenal Twitter account, was not encouraging.
What’s the latest on @MatDebuchy?
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) November 27, 2016
Debuchy’s injury is just the latest in a number of set-backs for Arsenal, after Bellerin was ruled out for a month following the 1-1 draw against Tottenham, Santi Cazorla continues to be troubled by an achilles problem and Per Mertesacker is out until January with a knee problem.
The Gunners currently sit in fourth position in the Premier League and despite another injury blow, they remain in the race to win the title.
Here is a selection of the messages from fans about Debuchy on Twitter:
Well you have to feel for Debuchy… Finally got back into the first team and then this. Hopefully it's nothing serious
— Arsenal News ⚽️ (@__arsenalnews_) November 27, 2016
Debuchy lasts 15 minutes. Are all of our 3 right-backs injured now!? #November
— UberArsenal™ (@UberAFC) November 27, 2016
Debuchy must have smashed a mirror with a black cat while walking under a ladder the day he signed for Arsenal. So unlucky.
— Jas (@JasAFC) November 27, 2016
No way, I loved how Debuchy was playing so far #afc
— Arsenal Latest (@ArsenalsNews) November 27, 2016
Well, Debuchy didn't last long!#AFCvBOU
— Moh Haider (@ArsenalMoh8) November 27, 2016
Shame for Debuchy, hopefully, as he left Emirates limping, no crutches, he will be alright next week. He brought better balance than Jenks
— Linda ? (@girlgooner) November 27, 2016
Debuchy returned after 4 months on the sidelines…Goes off injured after 10 minutes pic.twitter.com/sWsHE5syKC
— Jordan Grant (@JordanGrant92) November 27, 2016
O dear o dear. Saw Og clutching his hammy after that jump. FeeL wretched for Debuchy he started really well. https://t.co/IwzIwkrBqA
— Oka4 1 (@nonsooka4) November 27, 2016
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