As Arsenal continues to battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League, the Gunners will also have to battle the injury bug.
Injuries have riddled Arsenal’s squad all season long, with the latest blow coming in the form of a torn hamstring for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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The young midfielder went down with the injury in the Gunners’ FA Cup win over Manchester United earlier in the week. Today, manager Arsene Wenger called the injury a “classic hamstring,” and confirmed Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out “three to four weeks.”
Wenger also ruled out a return for Jack Wilshere, who hasn’t played since undergoing ankle surgery before Christmas. While Wilshere was scheduled to return to the lineup earlier, a setback in his recovery has forced the midfielder out a bit longer.
With this delay, Wenger has ruled out Wilshere for England’s upcoming matches for Euro qualification.
He will not be fit. We are March 13. In 17 days I don’t think he will be available to play an international game. I don’t know how long it will be before he returns because we have to respect the progression of his training.
It’s very difficult to give you a day today. I don’t know. I’m hopeful it’s a matter of weeks now.
We had to rest him anyway, so we decided to get these screws off [his ankle] instead of doing it at the end of the season. It’s taken a bit longer and I don’t really know why at the moment.”
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These injuries come at a bad time for the Gunners, as they face an important stretch of games coming up. After facing West Ham over the weekend, Arsenal travels to Monaco midweek for a Champions League matchup before facing Newcastle and Liverpool in the league.
Despite the worries, Arsenal has been dealing with injuries all season long. With major injuries to pretty much every star on the team besides Alexis Sanchez, the Gunners still sit third on the table with ten matches to play.