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Arsenal boss confirms double injury concern after Bournemouth win
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that both Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Debuchy picked up injuries during Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Emirates this afternoon.
With Hector Bellerin still out with an ankle injury, Debuchy made his first Premier League start in over a year after replacing Carl Jenkinson at right-back today having recently returned to full fitness.
The Frenchman has been building his match fitness with the under-23’s in recent weeks after recovering from a calf injury but his comeback lasted less than 20 minutes after he limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Unfortunately, Wenger has revealed that Debuchy thinks the injury is a serious one but the club will wait for the results of an MRI scan before they’ll know the full extent of the injury.
Theo Walcott was seen with an ice pack on his right leg after being taken off not long after scoring our second goal but Arsene says it was just the result of a kick and the winger is okay.
However, we do have a concern over the fitness of Giroud as Wenger says the striker felt his hamstring not long after coming off the bench. Thankfully the French international was able to carry on and showed no sign of the injury after setting up Alexis Sanchez for our third goal late on.
Wenger told Arsenal.com:
Yeah, he got a kick but nothing major. The only worry we have is Giroud, he looked a little bit to touch his hamstring. We have to see how big the damage is.
on Giroud being on the ground at the end…
With the hamstring. In the first moment, he told me that he felt a twitch in the back of his hamstring and we will see. I hope it’s not too bad because he told me after that when he sprinted he didn’t feel anything.
He thinks it’s a severe one. Don’t go too far because I have to speak to medical people, but you can only assess it really after 48 hours. You have to let it bleed and after, usually they have an MRI 48 hours later to see how big the damage is.
It’s hugely unfortunate for Debuchy to have picked up another injury as he was actually looking pretty good before he was forced off. Let’s hope the injury isn’t too serious as we could certainly do with him with Bellerin still out.