Arsenal are set to be robbed of attacking speedstar, Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain for their remaining league games of the season as the player struggles with injury, according to the Daily Mail.
The 20-year old winger is said to be struggling with a persistent groin injury and Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is reportedly not keen on aggravating the injury and therefore Ox may miss the club’s push for the much coveted fourth spot if he doesn’t show signs of improvement.
The versatile player, who was recently moved in-field from the wings to a more central attacking role where he can hurt sides with his pace, has been plagued by injuries this season and missed the first half of the season when he succumbed to a knee injury. Since his return from injury, the England international has however been a major player in Arsenal’s resurgence and push for the last Champions league place in the enforced absence of other established players such as Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere due to injury.
‘The Ox’ has however been reportedly nursing a groin injury for a couple of weeks and has not been able to fully participate in training of recent, while also featuring for only 16 minutes since Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan at Wembley.
The World Cup is less than two months away but the Gunners need to seal a fourth place finish, therefore it is believed that manager Wenger does not want to over-use his man and risk further aggravating the injury.
Arsenal have three matches to go in the season as they seek to wrap up fourth place at the expense of Everton who are only a point behind, and also have an FA Cup final against Hull City in May. It is therefore hoped that the Southampton academy graduate will play some part in this crucial period as the Gunners look to cement their European status and end an eight-year wait for a trophy.