Mathieu Debuchy
Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy hopes to return to action in DecemberGetty Images

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury he suffered in the Gunners 2-2 draw against Manchester City in September, is hoping to be back on the field in December.

This will come as a big boost for manager Arsene Wenger, whose team have recently been struggling defensively. The north London club came into the current international break on the back of two disappointing performances, one against Anderlecht in the Champions League where they blew a three goal lead to draw 3-3 and then against Swansea City in the Premier League where they lost 2-1 after being a goal up.

The manager has already hinted that he will strengthen the Arsenal backline during the January transfer window, as even centre-back Laurent Koscielny is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Debuchy has admitted that he is frustrated that he got injured so early on into his Arsenal career, but is confident of coming back a stronger player.

"My injury is now better. 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," Debuchy said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site

"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."

The French international defender believes that he is still improving as a player and is hoping that Arsenal can end their poor run when they face Manchester United following the international break.

"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," the French defender added.