Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side have suffered an awful amount of bad luck on the injury front this season.
The injuries sustained to the likes of Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny arguably robbed the Gunners of their opportunity to sustain a Premier League title assault going in to the season’s final fixtures.
Instead, the North Londoners had been on a downward spiral and following a 3-0 drubbing against Everton, a finish outside the top four looked a real possibility.
Arsene Wenger’s men, however, overcame their poor form and returned to winning ways – beating the likes of West Ham United, Hull City and Newcastle United with relative ease.
Following on from Arsenal’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Newcastle at the Emirates last night, Wenger gave an injury update to two of his England internationals – sharing both good and bad news.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played the entire 120 minutes of Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout victory over Wigan Athletic, though it appears he might not be able to play in the final next month after further problems with his groin.
“He [Oxlade-Chamberlain] has an inflammation of his groin. He couldn't practise. I put him on Friday on the team sheet and played him when he was needed, but it came to a point where it didn't progress. We decided to give him a complete rest for two weeks. Will he be involved with me? I think he has a chance. But will he be ready for England? I think so.” Arsene Wenger said, quoted by The Independent.
Jack Wilshere, on the other hand, has been on the mend since breaking a bone in his left foot whilst on international duty eight weeks ago.
The 22-year-old is back in training, and Wenger has hopes he could be fit to play as early as next week.
“Jack is training already. When will he be ready? Honestly I cannot tell you exactly. Next week or the week after... at the moment the progress he's making is good.”