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2nd Dec, 2016 | 5:13pm

Arsenal in devastating new injury blow as senior player ruled out until new year

By Emma Sanders

Arsene Wenger has revealed that “devastated” Mathieu Debuchy could be out for up to six weeks with a “severe” hamstring injury after he picked up an injury in the 3-1 victory against Bournemouth last Saturday.

It was Debuchy’s first appearance in a year but he lasted no longer than 16 minutes and had to be replaced by Gabriel at right-back.

The 31-year-old is not expected to feature again until the new year and Wenger admitted he hopes to see him recover quicker than most.

“It is a severe hamstring injury. Six weeks,” said Wenger, as quoted by BBC Sport.

“He is absolutely devastated but he is a fighter and will fight to come back. We are in Dcember and he will not be available until mid-January. He usually recovers quicker than expected.”

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Debuchy was hoping to mount a comeback in the absence of first-choice defender Hector Bellerin who is out with an ankle injury which he sustained in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham last month.

Wenger is now without both right-back options and only has Carl Jenkinson and Gabriel at his expense.

As well as Debuchy, there are injury concerns for Olivier Giroud ahead of the clash against West Ham on Saturday and he faces a late fitness test to see whether he is available.

Danny Welbeck could be nearing a return though after it was confirmed he is back in training, though it is expected to be several weeks yet before he returns to competitive action.

The Gunners currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League and are still very much in the title race, just two points off Chelsea at the top.

Football Insider verdict:

Debuchy’s Arsenal career has been littered with injury set-backs so his latest blow comes as little surprise, though it is still disappointing. The Frenchman had a great opportunity to push his way back into the frame given Bellerin’s absence but now faces another lengthy battle to regain fitness. Jenkinson was left out of the squad altogether against Bournemouth but he’s likely to return at right-back ahead of Gabriel as he is a more suitable long-term option, given the fact Gabriel has very little experience on the right. Debuchy’s Arsenal career might struggle to get going again and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Wenger shop in the January transfer window for new recruits.

In other Arsenal news, Bellerin has revealed who is responsible for his success at the club.