Arsenal: How much of a problem is losing Oxlade-Chamberlain for 3 months?

Manager Arsene Wenger has seen the pressure rise again after the loss of another senior player to injury.

Just incase you didn't think that the pressure on Arsenal, and manager Arsene Wenger was high enough following a complete lack of movement in the transfer market, or the clubs 3-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in the seasons opening Premier League fixture, then the loss of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain until November might just highlight the problems the club face.

The 20 year-old who looked sharp before coming off injured in the Villa game, created a number of chances, most notably the assist for Oliver Giroud in just the sixth minute of the game.

The England international left the field following a knee injury and whilst the severity of it is unknown the player hinted that he will be out of action until November missing club matches and potential international appearances in World Cup Qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Oxlade-Chamberlain tweeted: "Gutted I'm injured so early in the season. But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in three months."

Gunners boss Wenger was more optimistic, when talking ahead of his sides Champions League qualifier against Fenerbache tonight, claiming that he thought the player would not need any surgery.

Wenger added: "He will be out for at least six weeks. He has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched."

The latest setback means that Arsenal are now without several key players have already lost Mikel Arteta.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had been used as a central midfielder against Aston Villa, a position in which the youngster was becoming increasingly comfortable. Arsenal have options in the position, but they are thinning, as illustrated by Emmanuel Frimpong's call-up to the first team squad.

If anything, it illustrates just yet again how thin the squad is, and the need to invest in the transfer market over the final two weeks of the window.

Just how much do Arsenal fans need to worry about the news? Will Wenger's optimistic diagnosis turn out to be far longer?

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