It’s not clear which god Mathieu Debuchy upset but one of them has the hump big-style with the Frenchman.
Since joining Arsenal in 2014, his career has been destroyed by a litany of injuries. Those absences allowed Hector Bellerin to stake his claim for a first team place and the young Spaniard hasn’t looked back.
It’s left Debuchy in no-man’s land. Even when Bellerin succumbed to injury, he only joined Debuchy in the treatment room as the former Newcastle right back endured a calf injury.
After a string of hapless performances for Arsenal last season, he was allowed to leave on loan in January. Joining Bordeaux, his chances of forcing his way into the French Euro 2016 squad were stymied by injury and sub-par performances.
He returned to Arsenal in the summer and had been expected to leave. Several deals fell through and he remained in north London, still plagued by injury and looking for an escape route from his hell.
It seemed to have come with his inclusion in the starting line-up on Sunday. Bournemouth visited the Emirates and Debuchy, severely short of match fitness, needed playing time if he was to make the XI for the EFL Cup match with Southampton on Wednesday.
Heartbreakingly, he lasted just fifteen minutes against the Cherries before limping off to be replaced by Gabriel.
“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.”
No wonder Debuchy is despondent.
His first injury was ankle ligaments in September 2014, costing him three months of his initial season at the club. Marko Arnautovic charged the Arsenal right back into advertising hoardings at the Emirates in January 2015, keeping him out for another three months.
Every opportunity he is given ends in pain and it won’t be any surprise if he recalls his time at Arsenal with more than a hint of bitterness in the future.