Struggling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out injured for two months

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set for six to eight weeks on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury against Barcelona in their midweek Champions League meeting, Arsene Wenger confirmed.

The 22-year-old will not need surgery, Wenger said, which he called “positive news on that front” but the Gunners need all hands on deck for an uphill battle in the Premier League table.

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“[He will be out for] six for eight weeks,” Wenger told reporters at his press conference Tuesday morning. “No surgery. We feared surgery at some stage before we saw the MRI.”

Unfortunately, this was the news Wenger was hoping to avoid when the young winger was initially injured, saying after the Barcelona game, “Let’s hope we get good news that [Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence] is only two to three weeks and not six to seven”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has really struggled this season. He’s scored just one goal in 22 Premier League appearances, and his tendency to disappear over the course of 90 minutes has left him to a large amount of bench duty, resulting in his lowest minutes-per-appearance of his three full seasons.

Arsenal’s loss to Manchester Untied over the weekend has put a massive dent in their title hopes, slotting them behind Leicester City and Tottenham in the table. “What we want to do is defy all the odds that are against us at the moment,” Wenger said. “The best way to do it is to fight together for that. We have come out of a bad week so we want to have a good week now.”