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Ox ruled out until next season

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest team news ahead of the Manchester City game - including an update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:

on the latest team news…

We have lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the week because he got a knee injury. He has injured his medial ligament in his right knee and will be out for six to eight weeks I think. Alex was back in full training when he picked up this new injury, which is not linked to his previous knee injuries. After that, Santi Cazorla came through well in a game for the under-21s. Everyone else should be available. We lost Per Mertesacker, the season is over for him because of his hamstring. That means Gabriel will come in for him. 

on how Oxlade-Chamberlain took the news… It is very sad. He was physically ready and looking sharp. He had one week’s training last week, but he planned to play on Tuesday night but got injured on Monday morning.  

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on whether Oxlade-Chamberlain will make the Euros… There’s no chance. I had a little conversation with Alex and with our medical team. They told me yesterday that he will be back at the beginning of July.  on him having the summer to get himself fit… 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 Championship. 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.