If, like me, you heard that Mathieu Debuchy had had two operations this season, you would assume they had been on his ankle and shoulder.
They were after all, the injuries that kept him sidelined for the majority of his debut campaign with the Gunners.
So it comes as something of a surprise to learn that one of the operations wasn’t on his shoulder at all, but his knee.
“It has been a difficult season for me,” he told Arsenal.com. “I had two injuries, involving two operations, one on my knee, one on my ankle. It is a shame because I felt very good with the team, I think I made a good start to the season, so to be off the pitch for almost six months was difficult to deal with.
“When you start a new season in a new club, you really want to prove what you are capable of. I really thought that the difficult time was behind me and that I could show my qualities. Unfortunately I picked up my shoulder injury only a few weeks later and that was difficult for me to deal with.
“But having a lot of French players at the club was a good thing to help me settle quickly, especially the guys that I know from the French national team. It was a bonus.”
I Googled the life out of this as I couldn’t get my head around it and, sure enough, it said that he had an ankle operation in September and then a shoulder operation after he was Stoked.
Perhaps the website simply made a mistake. Who knows? It would seem odd that he had a knee operation and no-one knew about it, but then again, Serge Gnabry was out for a year with a knee problem and the club said nothing about it at all.
Currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Debuchy will not take part in Arsenal’s game against Swansea at the Emirates on Monday night.
It is not clear when he is expected back, but speaking to Arsenal.com on Thursday, Arsene Wenger said “He is still out, he’s progressing but not available.”
He might be back in time to play a part at Wembley and if Arsenal manage to lift the FA Cup, that would mean Debuchy has two winners medals from his first season at Arsenal despite only making 15 appearances to date.