By Emma Sanders
Arsene Wenger confirmed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted during the 2-1 loss against Manchester City because of a “muscular injury”, according to a report.
The Evening Standard claims the manager revealed after the defeat that the 23-year-old was forced to come off just 13 minutes after coming on in the second-half.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was left out of the starting XI but came on as a substitute in the 65th minute before heading back down the tunnel shortly before the 80th minute.
Mohammed Elneny came on as his replacement and it is unclear when Oxlade-Chamberlain will return after he went off clutching his hamstring and looking in some discomfort.
The England international was covering his face as he left the field and it’s no surprise given his unlucky streak of injuries in recent seasons.
He has struggled to gain a regular position in the Arsenal starting XI during the 2016-17 campaign but has made three starts since the start of December.
According to the report, it is the fifth time since the start of 2015 that he has sustained a muscle injury and he has lost his place in the England side as a result.
Football Insider verdict:
The Ox can still offer something to Arsenal but continuous injury set-backs have littered what could have been an otherwise hugely successful career under Wenger. There’s tough competition for starting places in the Arsenal team at the moment. Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott’s form this season has limited his game time, and Lucas Perez is waiting in the wings for his chance. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s future at the club remains uncertain but he was just starting to rediscover his form in recent weeks. It will be a huge blow for him to have to sit out but Arsenal have plenty of attacking options to step in and fill the void. The Ox will be hoping he’s not out for a long period though, or his long-term Arsenal future could be in doubt.
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