Arsenal attacker set to miss West Brom clash, midfielder faces late fitness test
By Amir Mir
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed to overcome a hamstring injury and will miss the Boxing Day clash against West Brom, according to a report.
The Mirror report that midfielder Aaron Ramsey will undertake a late fitness test to see if he can be ready in time for the visit of Tony Pulis’ side at the Emirates Stadium.
Attacker Oxlade-Chamberlain, who came on as a substitute during the Manchester City defeat last weekend, was subbed off 13 minutes after coming onto the field due to injury.
Prior to picking up a knock, England international Oxlade-Chamberlain had provided four assists and scored one goal during his last eight Premier League matches for Arsenal.
Overall this term, the 23-year-old has played 23 Premier League, Champions League and EFL Cup matches for Arsene Wenger’s side, scoring six goals and supplying the same number of assists.
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His teammate Ramsey, who has not played since the 5-1 win at West Ham in early December, bids to shake off his latest hamstring injury as he could make a return on Monday afternoon.
The Wales international, who has already missed a big chunk of football due to the same injury, has played ten games in all competitions this season.
Wenger’s side will be looking to bounce back from their capitulation at the Etihad Stadium last time out when they conceded two second-half goals to lose the encounter 2-1 against their title challengers.
After this fixture, the north London club welcome Crystal Palace to the Emirates Stadium, with their new manager, Sam Allardyce at the helm, following the sacking of Alan Pardew before Christmas.
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