Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing a minimum 6 week spell on the sidelines after sustaining cruciate knee ligament damage against Aston Villa.
The midfielder, who turned 20 last week, suffered the injury just before half-time on Saturday during a nasty collision with Antonio Luna and left the Emirates on crutches.
Arsene Wenger confirmed the lay-off would be lengthy but was confident that he wouldn’t need surgery and there’s no suggestion it’s the more serious kind of cruciate injury.
“He will be out for at least six weeks, he has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched,” said the Arsenal manager.
“We don’t think it will need surgery, he is consulting tonight (Tuesday), but it will be at least six weeks out.”
Chamberlain joins Arteta, Vermaelen and Abou Diaby as long-term absentees.
Arseblog News wishes him a swift recovery.
Update: The Ox himself reckons 3 months.
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
— Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) August 20, 2013