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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mathieu Debuchy may leave Arsenal during the January transfer window after Hector Bellerin enjoyed another Man of the Match performance in the FA Cup victory over Sunderland on Saturday (9 January). Wenger also expressed his hopes to have Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Alexis Sanchez and a new signing soon available, having recently confirmed the club hope to complete the transfer of Mohamed Elneny from Basel in the coming days.
The FA Cup holders reacted impressively to Jeremain Lens's early goal to secure a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium ahead of their Premier League trip to Liverpool on Wednesday. Joel Campbell levelled the game in the first-half before Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud completed the comeback with the impressive Bellerin claiming two assists.
The manager lavished praise on the Spanish starlet while admitting Debuchy can move away during the January transfer window, after he once again watched the game from the bench.
"It is a possibility (that Debuchy leaves). I said that in the press conference the other day," the boss said in his post-match press conference when asked about the French right-back. Speaking on Bellerin he added: "He became stronger and stronger. Sometimes I felt in the last 20 minutes, every time he went forward he created a chance on goal."
"I don't know (if there is any better right-back in the Premier League). Of course (he is among the best). Look at the defensive and offensive numbers. The fact that he is only 20 years old, there is a lot more to come from him."
The Gunners will now have two trips to Liverpool (13 January) and Stoke City (17 January) before a huge clash at home with Chelsea. Wenger expects to recover some of the injured stars for those games while also admitting his hopes to have a new player in.
Asked about the fixture congestion, he said: "There is a little bit. But I believe that the next step is to get Rosicky back, Welbeck back, Sanchez back, Wilshere back and maybe we will get one player in."
"Overall, I think we have no new injuries so I'm not worried. If we had the same number of injuries we would be a bit short."
Wenger also paid tribute to Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and youngster Alex Iwobi after the trio took their opportunities to impress, with the first scoring another crucial goal.
Speaking about Oxlade-Chamberlain, he said: "He came on stronger as the game went on and in the second half he was strong. I must say he was stronger in the second half."
"Joel Campbell was very good. Alex Iwobi was one of the guys who was very good in the first half, he tired a little bit in the second half. Overall, they have done well," he added.
"I liked the timing of his passes. In the middle of the park that is a vital quality and that fact he plays forward and sees [things]. As a young boy he is not afraid to come on and that is not easy."