Flamini - I'm so sad for Debuchy

Mathieu Flamini says Mathieu Debuchy’s injury detracts from the hard-fought point earned against Manchester City.

Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez had put Arsenal ahead against the Premier League champions on Saturday before Debuchy fell awkwardly and sprained his ankle.

The Frenchman was already set to be replaced by Calum Chambers at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday through suspension but the 19-year-old is likely to cover on a more permanent basis, and Flamini couldn’t help but feel sorry for his injured compatriot.

"We wanted to win the game especially for him. We didn’t so now we have to recover"

Mathieu Flamini

“I’m just very sad for Mathieu Debuchy,” the 30-year-old said. “We don’t know what he has but it looks serious. [It’s] very unfortunate for him and we wanted to win the game especially for him. We didn’t so now we have to recover.

“We’re disappointed because I believe we had the possibility to win this game. Unfortunately we didn’t but it’s part of the game. I think everyone enjoyed the game. [It was played with a ] very high intensity and we gave everything against a very good team today on the pitch, but that’s the Premier League.

“Of course it’s very important we didn’t lose this game but like I said we had the possibility to win it. Unfortunately we didn’t and we’re just a bit disappointed because we have a lot of quality in our team. We have more maturity and this team is growing well, and I’m very proud of the boys. We gave everything again today and were great."

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