Arsenal slumped to a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday, but concerns have become even more deep-rooted with the news that Gunners and England ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could now be sidelined for more than three months.
The Mail reports that the 20-year-old, who hobbled off the pitch at half time during the defeat, had reported problems with his cruciate ligament which, if as bad as suspected, could see him out of action for up to six months.
The news will come as a massive blow to the Arsenal supporters during a time of injury crisis, but will also cause concern for England boss Roy Hodgson. With a couple of vital world cup qualifiers fast approaching, the youngster will be sorely missed. The country has been accustomed to solid performances from 'The Ox' of late, the most notable being his efforts at the Maracana in June.
Unfortunately for the Arsenal faithful, the worrying news does not finish there. The situation regarding Kieran Gibbs is in uncertain after he was forced off the pitch with a head injury early in the first half. Bacary Sagna also picked up a knock after an awkward fall following an aerial duel with Christian Benteke.
In his post-match press conference, Wenger also revealed that both Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky had sustained minor injuries. The length of time that they could be sidelined for is still unknown, however it remains certain that the duo will be doubtful for Arsenal's next fixture - a Champions' League clash with Fenerbahce.
Arsenal will travel to Turkey with a thin squad barely ready to play European football again. Should Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna fail to be ready for the Champions' League qualifier, Arsenal will have to field their only three fit first team defenders. One of whom, Laurent Koscielny, will be suspended for Arsenal's next Premier League encounter following his dismissal on Saturday.
With the pressure piling on and the injury list lengthening, it appears that Arsene Wenger will be forced to reach into his pocket for replacements sooner rather than later. However, his apparent reluctance to spend so far indicates that he may still not be ready to bring in a marquee player.
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