Arsenal Dealt Fresh Blow As Wenger Confirms Star Suffered Injury Against Man City

By on December 19, 2016

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Arsenal have been dealt a fresh blow after Arsene Wenger confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a hamstring injury during our 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.

Having previous started in our last four Premier League games, Oxlade-Chamberlain was dropped to the bench for yesterday’s crucial trip to the Etihad Stadium with Alex Iwobi selected alongside Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott in attack.

Like many of his team mates, Iwobi endured a frustrating afternoon and the Nigerian international was substituted in the 65th minute after being replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, The Ox was soon joining Iwobi in the changing room as he was barely on the field over 10 minutes before he picked up an injury and limped off the pitch to be replaced by Mohamed Elneny in the 78th minute.

And it looks like Oxlade-Chamberlain is now facing a spell on the sidelines as Wenger has confirmed that the winger has suffered a suspected hamstring injury. The boss told Arsenal.com:

on what’s wrong with the Ox…
He’s injured. It looks like a hamstring – it’s a muscular problem.

We’ll have to wait and see how serious the injury is once it’s been fully assessed but even a minor hamstring injury is likely to rule Oxlade-Chamberlain out for two-to-three weeks.

That would be a huge blow as he’d miss huge Premier League games against West Brom, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth as well as our FA Cup third round trip to Preston North End on January 7th.

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If the injury is more serious, then obviously Oxlade-Chamberlain would miss even more games so let’s pray for positive news as we can ill-afford to lose him for a significant period of time.

Aaron Ramsey has missed the last three games with his own hamstring injury while Danny Welbeck, Santi Cazorla, Shkodran Mustafi and Per Mertesacker are also unavailable so the injury list is growing at just the wrong time of the season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury compounded what was a hugely disappointing weekend for Arsenal as Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at City has left us down in fourth place in the table and nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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