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Debuchy injury looks bad


DEBUCHY-INJUREDLONDON, September 15-Arsene Wenger is unsure of the severity of Mathieu Debuchy’s ankle injury and confirmed Danny Welbeck was replaced due to cramp on his Arsenal debut in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

Debuchy was stretchered off with 10 minutes to go at Emirates Stadium and the France international full-back looked in some pain.

Wenger has conceded Debuchy’s problem ‘doesn’t look good’ and he is waiting to learn the full extent of the summer signing’s injury.

“Debuchy has a badly sprained ankle,” said Wenger. “How long will he be out? I don’t know, but it doesn’t look good.

“People told me they need a bit more time to assess how long he will be out but it’s a bad ankle sprain.”

Deadline day signing Welbeck, meanwhile, was brought off in the closing stages after earlier missing a golden 12th minute chance to put Arsenal in front.

Wenger added of Welbeck: “He had cramps and he should be okay.

“He did well. I believe that he needs to develop his link play with our players but that is a bit normal.

“It’s sad that he couldn’t take his chance but overall every time he had an opportunity to find some space he looked dangerous.

“There are some things to work on with him to integrate him well into our game but I’m happy with his first game.”

Sergio Aguero had given City a first-half lead before goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez turned the game in Arsenal’s behaviour only for Martin Demichelis to head an 83rd-minute equaliser for the Premier League champions.