Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may well be forced into spending the apparent $35 million at his disposal this January, as two key players will be out for at least three months.
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Veteran midfielder and club captain Mikel Arteta, 32, has a long-term ankle issue which required surgery and the Spaniard is expected to be out for three months.
Joining him on the treatment table is French right back Matheiu Debuchy, 29, who dislocated his shoulder against Stoke City last Sunday when colliding with the advertisement boards after a nudge from Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic. Debuchy has had an operation on his shoulder and will be out for another three months, as his bad luck continues. The former Newcastle midfielder had only just returned from breaking his ankle early in the season, as he played in the last seven matches following three months out.
Arteta and Debuchy will now join Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs, Serge Gnabry, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby on the sidelines, as Arsenal’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) will likely see youngsters Hector Bellerin or Calum Chambers come into the right back slot in Debuchy’s absence.
With rumors suggesting the Gunners could snap up Morgan Schneiderlin, Moussa Sissoko, Mats Hummels or Ilkay Gundogan either in January or the summer transfer window, will Wenger dip into his pocket to sort out the deficiencies in midfield and defense in the short-term?