Arsenal are facing an early season injury crisis and winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out of action for the best part of six months, According to reports in Daily Mail.
The Gunners are facing the prospect of being without winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for up to six months after the Englishman was injured in the club’s shock opening-day 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Oxlade-Chamberlain is just one of several players who picked up injuries during Villa match.
Oxlade-Chamberlain left the Emirates Stadium on crutches Saturday night after he suffered a serious looking knock to his left leg, leaving Wenger fearing the worst as he prepares for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League qualifier in Fenerbache. The report also states that the initial results suggest he has suffered serious ligament damage, which doctors fear could keep him out of action for as long as six months. He will undergo a secondary scan today to get the definite diagnosis on the injury.
The Arsenal boss confirmed that the youngster will definitely miss the Champions League play-off match against Fenerbahce on Wednesday, with reports suggesting that he could be out for as long as six months. Wenger said :
He is out, definitely out [for Fenerbahce].
It’s a knee problem. It’s a bad injury.
Chamberlain has earned 13 England caps, and made 25 Premier league appearances last term. The Gunners signed the wonder kid from Southampton back in 2011, in a fee that could rise to £15m.
Oxlade-Chamberlain now joins the likes of Mikel Arteta (thigh) and Thomas Vermaelen (back) on the treatment table, while the situation of Sagna and Gibbs will be accessed before the trip to Turkey, while Laurent Koscielny will miss the next domestic game after being sent off against Villa.
This news will come as a big blow to Wenger because the Ox was one of the brightest players in the first half against Villa. The injury news is further compounded by the fact that we have just let Gervinho move to Roma which means Arsenal have no real back up in that position, even though Podolski might play in that position but we just can’t compete at the highest level with just 11 players. We need good back up players too which we don’t have at this point of time.
The summer which started with great expectations is now turning into nothing less than a disaster considering the fact that fans expected Arsenal to make a Marquee signing and compete for the title this season but what has turned is the complete opposite of what they excepted.
Now we are officially short in every section on the pitch and if we don’t sign anybody then it might well be the end of ‘In Arsene we Believe’ era.