Arsene Wenger has now lost Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until after the next international break.
Chamberlain went down within the first five minutes of Arsenal’s match against Sheffield in the Capital One Cup. Walcott would come on to replace Chamberlain, but would then need replaced himself before the 20 minute mark. The Gunners would go on to lose embarrassingly 3-0 to bring an end to their contention for the Capital One Cup in 2015.
Wenger’s full medical reports will come in by the end of the weekend, but he’s already dished fairly specific projections to arsenal.com,
“We hope they are light injuries, but they are out until after the international break.”
Wenger will have a more updated report by the end of the week, but he says that the addition of Walcott and Chamberlain to the injury pile along with Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, and Tomas Rosicky doesn’t have him thinking about moving Santi Cazorla.
“Santi can play there as well but he has become very important centrally.”
“The problem sometimes is that you can destroy two departments if you move one player out.”
“We control the ball better with Santi in the middle.”
Cazorla has shined in the middle for Arsenal, and Wenger will look to bring on either Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi to fill the gap left behind by Chamberlain and Walcott.
Arsenal are set to take on Swansea City tomorrow at Liberty Stadium 11 am EST.