Most of the newspapers & media outlets, obviously with some kind of briefing from the Arsenal press office, are reporting that Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are set to miss the Gunners next three games.
The Ox picked up a hamstring after 4 minutes of last night’s 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, while the man who came on to replace him limped off just 11 minutes later after suffering a calf strain.
It means that both of them will miss this weekend’s trip to Swansea, the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, and the North London derby – which really is not ideal.
After a relatively decent period without too many injury problems, Arsenal have lost two important players in one game, following the ankle injury sustained by Mikel Arteta last week, and Aaron Ramsey’s hamstring strain which will keep him out until after the next Interlull.
Quite who will play on the right hand side remains to be seen. Kieran Gibbs could play in an advanced position on the left with Alexis switching sides, or Arsene Wenger may use Joel Campbell despite the Costa Rican’s struggles at Hillsborough.
Either way, it gives the manager some serious thinking to do ahead of some very tricky games, and let’s hope some training ground magic gets them back sooner than expected.