Arsenal injury list: Mathieu Debuchy injury makes it nine Gunners on the sideline for Arsene Wenger

French right-back dislocated his shoulder in the win against Stoke on Sunday

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Arsene Wenger now has a massive nine first-team players carrying injuries after Mathieu Debuchy dislocated his shoulder in the win against Stoke City.

With a trip to the Etihad looming on Sunday, the Arsenal manager will be hopeful a couple of those will be fit enough to play.

The French right-back lasted just 13 minutes before he crashed into the advertising hoardings and had to be replaced by youngster Hector Bellerin and has now played just 10 of Arsenal's 21 Premier League matches since his £10million move from Newcastle in the summer.

With Arsene Wenger conceding ahead of the game that he needed defensive reinforcements, the French manager is expected to make a move in this transfer window with Debuchy out for an unknown amount of time.

After the match, Wenger said: "He has a dislocated shoulder. It is difficult (to say how long he will be out) - you need a diagnosis from a specialist.

"We don't know yet, but he will certainly not play next week. Kieran Gibbs still has an inflamed ankle.

"Monreal and Debuchy can play centre-back, but if Gibbs is not here Monreal cannot play centre-back and if Debuchy is not here he cannot play centre-back. This is a position where we are short."

Danny Welbeck, Mathieu FLamini  and Mikel Arteta could return for the game against City, but Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere remain long-term concerns.

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