Much better injury news for Arsenal ahead of Chelsea clash, solution to midfield problem
Arsenal’s midfield problem might not be as bad as first feared heading into the clash with Chelsea this weekend.
When Mohamed Elneny departed for duty with the Egyptian national team at the Africa Cup of Nations, he was not expected to be sorely missed.
However, a lengthy suspension for Granit Xhaka means Arsenal have been in desperate need of a holding midfielder to pair up with Francis Coquelin.
Aaron Ramsey, whose performances in that position have hardly been encouraging, limped of with a calf problem as Watford won 2-1 at the Emirates stadium.
That left Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as the only remaining make-shift option for the central midfield role, but the Englishman picked up his own injury on Tuesday.
However, Wenger has revealed that the knee problem the 23-year-old suffered is not severe enough to rule him out of Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
“He got a kick on his knee, yes.” Wenger confirmed at his post-match press conference.
“No, I don’t think so [on whether he will miss Chelsea game]. I think he should be alright.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s last display as a central midfielder saw him win praises from pundits as Arsenal thrashed Southampton 5-0.