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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Injury: Updates on Arsenal Winger's Status and Return

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24:  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton at Emirates Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2017

Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knee injury during the Feb. 23 UEFA Champions League clash against Barcelona. He is expected to miss UEFA Euro 2016.

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Wenger Comments on Ox's Return Status

Friday, May 6

"We lost Oxlade-Chamberlain and he will be out for six to eight weeks I think," said Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

Ox Yet to Realise His Potential

Arsenal are still waiting for Oxlade-Chamberlain's potential to reach full fruition amid flashes of top-end talent since his arrival from Southampton in 2011. One of the factors preventing that from happening has been a string of health issues.

The 22-year-old England international has picked up numerous injuries in recent seasons, detailed by Transfermarkt. While most were of the relatively minor variety, aside from a PCL issue during the 2013-14 campaign, all of those smaller ailments begin to add up. That includes a hamstring problem earlier this term.

Fortunately for Arsenal, they have plenty of alternatives. Mesut Ozil has headlined a talented midfield group that's been struggling to stay healthy for most of the season, and the onus will remain on him to conduct the attack.

While there's no doubting Oxlade-Chamberlain's talent, it's tough for him to make the desired impact for Arsenal while consistently battling injury. The Gunners will hope he's able to shake off these woes in the near future.

 

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