Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss 6-7 weeks with knee injury

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Arsenal has gotten some bad news as the club prepares for a Premier League title race, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out for nearly two months with a knee injury.

Chamberlain was forced off in Arsenal’s Champions League loss to Barcelona midweek after colliding with Javier Mascherano.

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Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s huge trip to Manchester United on Sunday, manager Arsene Wenger said he is hoping for good news as Chamberlain sees a specialist.

It is a new injury.

When he has been cut in two by Mascherano he did his knee. We have to see how big the damage is. I don’t think it was a malicious tackle, it was a fully committed tackle.

Let’s hope we get good news that [Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence] is only two to three weeks and not six to seven.

Wenger did not sound overly optimistic when talking about Chamberlain’s injury, and it looks like the Gunners must move forward without one of their key players.

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Arsenal have an important run of matches coming up, starting with this weekend’s clash at Old Trafford. Chamberlain will also miss a huge North London derby at White Hart Lane, and will likely be out for Arsenal’s FA Cup replay at Hull and their UCL second leg at Barcelona.