Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a hamstring problem in the 2-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night and is unsure if he will be fit for the FA Cup final.
The 23-year-old was forced off against his former club, with Hector Bellerin coming on in his place as the Gunners picked up a vital win that moves them into fifth.
Speaking after the match, Wenger confirmed the nature of the problem but says it is too early to assess how long he will be out of action for.
“It’s a hamstring problem. But we don’t know how bad it is,” he said via Arsenal‘s official website.
“I don’t know. It doesn’t look, because he walks properly. It was tight, it was not a knife, you know. Personally, I didn’t see any incident where he had to stop for a sprint, it was more fatigue. But it’s difficult to assess now, after the game.”
The injury will be of concern to Arsenal with Oxlade-Chamberlain having shone in recent weeks and having been a regular at right wing-back since Wenger switched to his new formation.
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Arsenal face Stoke on Saturday before final Premier League games against Sunderland and Everton with Oxlade-Chamberlain surely now a doubt for those matches.
The FA Cup final is scheduled for May 27 which does give him some recovery time.
In the meantime it seems that Bellerin may be given a chance to re-establish his place in the first team after being left our recently after failing to find his best form after an ankle problem.