Fresh injury setback for the Ox Photo: Stuart MacFarlane
Fresh injury setback for the Ox
Photo: Stuart MacFarlane

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has picked up a knee injury during training that will keep him out for six to eight weeks.

Arsene Wenger confirmed the injury this morning at his press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday.

“We have lost Chamberlain during the week, he will be out for six to eight weeks, Wenger said.

I’m very sad because he was quite sharp and physically ready. He looked sharp in training last week. He was planned to play on Tuesday night but he got injured on Monday morning.”

Wenger added: “There’s no chance for the Euros. I’ve not spoken to Roy Hodgson yet, I was only informed about it yesterday. I had a little conversation with Alex and our medical team yesterday and he will be back in early July.

“It’s bad news. Alex was out for a while and he was not overloaded with games. You want a guy of 22 years of age to go to the European Championships. It’s very bad. He’s an impact player as well so he could have had a great contribution to England’s success. England had quite a few problems up front so I think it’s bad news

Oxlade-Chamberlain  hasn’t played for the Gunners since sustaining a knee injury against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 tie at the Emirates Stadium in February.

It was doubtful that he would have made Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euros.

He has made just 22 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring once.

There has also been media speculation that the Gunners are prepared to sell him this summer, with former club Southampton and West Ham rumoured to be interested in signing him.

Wenger also confirmed that Per Mertesacker will not play again this season after picking up a hamstring injury in the home win over Norwich City last Saturday. Gabriel will continue to deputise against Manchester City on Sunday.