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Bad news for Arsenal is good news for Villa

Mathieu Debuchy will miss several months for Arsenal, though no one seems sure how many. Aston Villa fans shouldn't care, though, as he will certainly miss this weekend's match.

Shaun Botterill

Time to hope aboard the Schadenfreude Express, next stop: Glory! Arsenal have found out that Matheiu Debuchy's injury sustained against Manchester City on Saturday will keep him out for several months. As our SB Nation Arsenal site The Short Fuse puts it, no one is really sure how many months that is, but for we Villa fans, it doesn't matter in the slightest.  The one thing of which we can be certain is that Debuchy will not be with Arsenal when they travel to Villa Park this weekend.

And that means, for the second week in a row, Villa have gotten good injury news from the opposing team's physio. Last week it was Daniel Sturridge out for Liverpool and now we have this. Worryingly for Arsenal, this leaves them without a great choice at right back as they enter a stretch of play that sees them in cups, Champions League, and the Premier League. They've got a match against Dortmund this week before their trip to Villa, so it will likely be a tired team that Villa face as two of the League's three unbeaten teams face off.

The Short Fuse also delved into the replacement options for Arsenal, and they aren't great:

Calum Chambers is capable at right back, but since he's also the backup centerback it really wouldn't be ideal for him to be starting for however long Debuchy's out, if it's longer than a couple weeks (which appears, at the moment, to be the case). Hector Bellerin is highly touted by many in the cadre of Arsenal fans who actually get to watch reserves games, but as far as I can tell, he has yet to be officially promoted into the first team -- despite the fact that he has trained with the first team in the past, and some on Twitter have said he's official, it's not official on the website, so who the hell knows.

It leaves Arsenal vulnerable up their right side, which means that Aly Cissokho and Kieran Richardson may have free reign attacking from there. With Christian Benteke returning to training this week and possibly playing some minutes on Saturday, it seems to be a pretty great situation for Villa. Open up one flank to two players who have been sending in crosses all season and finally (maybe) get someone on the end of those crosses.

This news doesn't guarantee any result for Villa, but it sure makes one more likely.