Mathieu Debuchy hopes to return to full training next month and is determined to make up for lost time after an early setback to his Arsenal career.

The summer signing has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City in September, but he is making small steps towards a full recovery.

“My injury is now better,” Debuchy said at an Arsenal Soccer School in Dubai. “I work hard every day with the physio and I want to be back on the pitch in December. I’m looking forward to it.

I’m nearly 30 but I’m still improving by training with players who are of such a high quality

“I was really proud when I signed for Arsenal and it has been frustrating getting injured so soon, but I am focused on coming back stronger. I am very positive about that.

“Training at Arsenal is an extremely high standard. I’m nearly 30 but I’m still improving by training with players who are of such a high quality, like everyone at Arsenal.”

“It’s been more frustrating watching from the stands than being on the pitch. The last two games have been quite positive and hopefully when we face Manchester United we’ll come out on top.”

Debuchy was speaking at an Arsenal Soccer School Dubai event at Emirates 7evens Facility, where he attended a session and took part in a Q&A.


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Max Jones 15 Nov 2014