Oxlade-Chamberlain fears extended Arsenal absence

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has said he could be missing for up to three months, BBC Sport has reported, after manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the England international would be absent for at least six weeks.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was injured during the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa in their opening Premier League game of the season. He joins a long list of Arsenal injuries at a time when Wenger’s squad is stretched by the departure of a number of squad players and the lack of new faces arriving in the transfer window.

And while the manager has said only that Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss at least six weeks of playing time, the player wrote on Twitter that he could be laid up for a lot longer. “ Gutted I’m injured so early in the season. But I’m going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in three months,” the 20-year-old tweeted.

Wenger explained the nature of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury, saying: “He will be out for at least six weeks. He has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will definitely miss Arsenal’s Champions League play-off double-header with Fenerbahce, with the first-leg in Turkey taking place on Wednesday, and England’s next set of World Cup qualifiers, against Moldova and Ukraine next month.

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