Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for three to four weeks with a ‘classic’ hamstring injury.
The midfielder limped off against United on Monday night and could now miss up to four games for the Gunners, as well as England’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania and a friendly against Italy.
It’s a classic hamstring. That means he will be out for three weeks, four weeks maximum. He will not be available for England as well,” said Wenger of the England international.
“It’s very frustrating for him because he played more games than ever this season. In the last two months I feel he was a bit in and out. He has shown again on Monday night what an important player he can be for Arsenal and for England. It’s a shame that in the final sprint and he’s not there.
“How much I don’t know but it is affecting him because he loves to play. He is keen to play for England and I think it is a big blow for him. He knows as well that it is the type of injury where you can recover quickly and come back. But it is not an ideal moment.”
In better news, depending on your thoughts on his manic Gallic style of play, Mathieu Flamini is available for Saturday’s match against West Ham United.
Gabriel, who was substituted in the 2-1 win over QPR, is also due to return to training on Sunday and could face Monaco next week.
Arsene also gave an update on Mikel Arteta, revealing the club captain returned to full training today and could feature in three weeks. The Spaniard hasn’t played since the November win over Borussia Dortmund. He underwent surgery on an ankle problem initially sustained against Besiktas back in August.