Arsene Wenger has spoken to the press ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Blackburn Rovers and revealed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a doubt for the game after picking up a knock against Bolton.
Speaking at London Colney this morning, the boss confirmed:
“We have a little problem with Oxlade-Chamberlain that we have to check today [Friday] because his knee jarred a little bit and we will see how he has recovered from it. All of the other players look alright.”
Having been one of Arsenal’s most effective players in the last three games, the absence of the Ox would be a disappointment.
Andrey Arshavin will likely replace the England under-21 international if the teenager is deemed unfit following a fitness test this afternoon. Furthermore, in a bid to quash rumours linking the Russian with a move to Angie Kalashnikov, the boss made clear his £15m man would be staying put.
Responding to suggestions Arshavin could leave before the close of the transfer window in his homeland at the end of February, Wenger replied: “For me, no [Arshavin will not be leaving].”