Mathieu Debuchy
Mathieu Debuchy set for early return to first team actionReuters

Arsenal have received a major injury boost in the form of Mathieu Debuchy, whose recovery is running ahead of schedule and is expected to be back before the turn of the year, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Frenchman ruptured his ankle ligaments accidentally in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City at the Emirates and has had to undergo surgery to hasten his convalescence. His absence has put a massive load on the backline of Arsenal, who are reeling with only four fit defenders left in the squad.

An injury to Laurent Koscielny has forced Nacho Monreal at centre-back. He is currently deployed alongside Per Mertesacker while Calum Chambers is stationed at right-back. Arsene Wenger has conceded that the Gunners are currently short at the back and the Frenchman will do everything in his power to secure a centreback in the upcoming January transfer window.

Debuchy gave an update on Twitter stating that he is hard at work in the gym and will slot right back into the team after he returns to full training. He has been joined by compatriot Olivier Giroud, who broke his foot in an innocuous coming together in their game against Everton, and has also been penned down for a December return.

The north London club need their marauders back as soon as possible, given their dire situation in the league - two points off a Champions league spot and nine behind leaders Chelsea. The Gunners ended their winless streak without a win by defeating a sorry Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on the back of a brace from Alexis Sanchez, who has been their standout player thus far this season.

The Gunners will be hoping to carry this form into their game against Burnley this weekend where they are likely to announce the return of Theo Walcott, who was out for more than ten months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained in their game against Tottenham in January.