Arsene Wenger’s heart would have sunk last night when he heard about the news of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picking up a knee injury in England’s friendly against Ecuador.
The Arsenal wide man looked in severe discomfort following a challenge which has left him with suspected knee ligament damage and leaves Wenger with a potential beast of a problem heading into next season.
With Theo Walcott on the sidelines and in light of the Ox’s injury, Wenger is faced with the possibility of starting next season with Walcott ruled out and the Ox carrying a niggle.
Initial news is positive and suggests that the Ox could return for the World Cup game against Uruguay, but he's unlikely to feature unless fully fit.
Either way, Wenger should seize the opportunity and move for a wide man Arsenal have been linked with for some time in the form of Real Madrid midfielder Angel Di Maria.
Di Maria certainly fits the bill in terms of being the sort of winger Wenger would be looking for and an attacking player who could offer something a little different to what he already has available.
There are two potential problems if Wenger decides Di Maria’s agent is the man he needs to be talking to.
Firstly, both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are right sided players and have had their success with Arsenal on the right of midfield.
Di Maria has performed effectively on the left hand side when he’s been used by Carlo Ancelotti although he is skilful enough to be able to play down either flank.
The second major problem is that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been making a lot of noise recently, suggesting that Los Blancos aren’t going to be selling anyone until at least after the World Cup.
However, that shouldn’t stop Wenger from being able to engineer a position where he can take full advantage if the Ox carries a troublesome injury problem through England's World Cup campaign and into Arsenal's pre-season.