Mathieu Debuchy: Injured Arsenal defender faces six weeks out

Mathieu Debuchy
Mathieu Debuchy is in his third full season with Arsenal but has made only 23 appearances

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has been ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.

The France right-back, 31, made his first Gunners appearance since November 2015 in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth - but was forced off after 16 minutes.

"He is absolutely disappointed but he is a fighter and will fight to come back" said manager Arsene Wenger.

"We are in December and he will not be available until mid-January. He usually recovers quicker than expected."

The news comes a day after the club confirmed midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to have ankle surgery, ruling him out for three months.

Full-back Hector Bellerin, Cazorla's Spain team-mate, is also out with an ankle injury.

Fourth-placed Arsenal travel to London rivals West Ham for a league match on Saturday (kick-off 17:30 GMT).

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