Arsenal fans react on Twitter to news of Oxlade-Chamberlain's four-week absence

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss four weeks because of a hamstring injury.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss four weeks because of a hamstring injury, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The midfielder picked up the injury during Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Manchester United earlier this week, which setup an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley for Arsene Wenger’s team.

It’s a blow for the team for several reasons, but predominantly because the Ox is a key option out wide for the side. Arsenal don’t have an abundance of wingers in their squad and it will be interesting to see how Wenger adapts to the situation.

He has one in the form of Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean has tremendous experience of playing down the wing on either side of the pitch and provides a real threat wherever he plays across Arsenal’s midfield.

However, he’s been effective in central positions and Wenger could be wary of asking him to adapt and change too many times, which raises the possibility that his game could become seriously affected, lessening his impact over the rest of the season.

Theo Walcott is also an option and someone who would mean that Arsenal don’t have to sacrifice anything in terms of the pace and drive involved with their attacking play.

The problem with Walcott is that he’s not seen a tremendous amount of football in recent weeks and he’ll be rusty, but eager to get back involved in the action which will allow him the chance to influence big games.

It will be tempting for Wenger to try and rush the Ox back considering Arsenal are still fighting on multiple fronts this season. However, hamstring problems are difficult injuries to judge and can often reoccur if players are thrown back into a team before they’re ready.

Here’s what Arsenal fans on Twitter had to say about the bad news.

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