Ahead of Arsenal’s crunch game against Manchester City, Arsene Wenger revealed the latest team ahead of the weekend’s game.
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain has been out since late February, and it seems his season has just got worse. In today’s press conference, Arsene Wenger confirmed that the winger has suffered an injury setback, as per Arsenal.com.
We have lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the week because he got a knee injury. He has injured his medial ligament in his right knee and will be out for six to eight weeks I think.
Alex was back in full training when he picked up this new injury, which is not linked to his previous knee injuries.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a very tough season this year. His form overall has been below average, which is disappointing considering how sharp he looked in the pre-season. Not only will Oxlade-Chamberlain miss the rest of the season, but also the European Championships in the summer.
There’s no chance. I had a little conversation with Alex and with our medical team. They told me yesterday that he will be back at the beginning of July. It’s bad news. Alex was out for a while and he was not overloaded with games.
You want a guy of 22 years of age to go to the European Championship. It’s very bad. He’s an impact player as well so he could have had a great contribution to England’s success. England had quite a few problems up front so I think it’s bad news.
Although, Oxlade-Chamberlain was the biggest update, Wenger also confirmed that Santi Cazorla came through the under-21 game very well, while the Arsenal boss is unsure as to Wilshere’s chances of starting against City.
German defender, Per Mertesacker, however, will miss the remaining two games, meaning that Gabriel Paulista will start in his place.