Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for a prolonged period, after picking up an injury against Barcelona.

The 22-year-old winger was racing forward with the ball when he clashed into Javier Mascherano, damaging ligaments in his knee, leaving his season in disarray.

While the Frenchman confirmed, speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League game against Swansea City, as reported by the club’s official website, that the Ox would not require surgery, he did reveal that the England international would be out for up to two weeks.

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[He will be out for] six to eight weeks. No surgery. We feared surgery at some stage before we saw the MRI. In the end we got, on that front, positive news.

The next eight weeks means March and April. He should be OK for the Euros.

Wenger then confirmed that a couple of players could be out of action with muscular problems, including back-to-back Premier League matches goalscorer Danny Welbeck.

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I will have to check today but I don’t think we have any problems from Sunday apart from one or two who have muscular tightness. Apart from that, everybody should be available.

It’s possible I will make changes. Some players are still not out of it. I will have to see if I have to be cautious with Danny Welbeck or not. Medically I need advice on that and I will see.

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Arsenal face Swansea on Wednesday evening in the hope of regaining ground on both Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur, ahead of their visit to White Hart Lane to face their north London rivals on Saturday afternoon.

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