Whenever and Arsenal player picks up an injury these days we tend to fear the worst and that is not because the Arsenal fans are naturally pessimistic or anything, but because our fears are usually well founded. Danny Welbeck, for a perfect example, is only just back in the side 10 months after he was said to have a minor knock.
So the latest injury update by Arsene Wenger, reported by the Daily Mail, sounds pretty ominous to me. The Frenchman did talk about our England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in terms of weeks on the sidelines and he tried to sound positive about the young midfielder’s chances of being alright for the Euro 2016 tournament this summer.
But Wenger also described the knee problem that the Ox has got after a crunching tackle by the Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano as a serious one and admitted that he does not really know the exact extent of the injury or how long it will keep the player out of action.
The Arsenal boss said, ‘His injury is quite serious. It keeps him out for a few weeks. He is consulting at the moment, seeing a specialist. He’s definitely out for a few weeks, but for how long I don’t know.
‘When he was cut in two by Mascherano he did his knee. We have to wait to see how big the damage is in the knee. I don’t think it was a malicious tackle, it was fully-committed.
‘I don’t think [it will stop him playing for England], but it’s in his knee so I am a bit cautious. Let’s hope it’s good news, only two or three weeks and not six or seven.’
Going from previous injury lay-offs for Arsenal players, what are the chances of the Ox playing any more part in our Premier League title challenge?