Arsene Wenger has revealed the Englishman will be missing “for awhile”, with the initial prognosis of his knee injury suggesting six weeks is the minimum amount of time the midfielder will be out.
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a nasty collision with Aston Villa’s Antonia Luna after a hospital pass from Theo Walcott, resulting in a posterior cruciate injury. There is hope the ligament damage will not result in surgery which will result in a longer lay-off for the Arsenal midfielder.
The Ox managed to break into the starting lineup at the weekend however will have to stay strong and focus on his recovery to return as soon as possible.
Arsenal.com revealed Wenger the team news in his pre-match press conference:
The difference from Saturday is that Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for a while with a knee problem. Everybody else should make it. There’s a final decision [on Wednesday] but Sagna and Gibbs should be available.
Wenger also reportedly said:
He will be out for at least six weeks, he has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched.
We don’t think it will need surgery, he is consulting tonight, but it will be at least six weeks out.
Get well soon Ox!! Arsenal and England need you.
The Ox has since stated on his twitter:
Gutted i’m injured so early in the season. But I’m going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months.Thanks 4 all ur support