So, after a bit of a horror show against Sheffield Wednesday that saw both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott both injured, the prognosis is in. And, well it could be a lot worse.
BREAKING: Arsenal's Theo Walcott & Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out for at least three weeks #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) October 29, 2015
Three weeks. At least. Many an Arsenal man has been out for ‘a couple of weeks’ only to finally emerge fully fit, some months later. Let’s hope that this time they mean it and it really is only three weeks. What does that mean for Arsenal on domestic and European fronts?
Well it’s not so bad. Both are undoutbdly going to miss the crucial away match against Bayern Munich. Two huge losses, but with Arsenal likely aiming for a draw, losing some defensive cover could have been worse. Neither Walcott or Oxlande-Chamberlain are known for the defensive ability or work rate.
They’ll also miss the North London Derby, which is huge. Barring the League Cup game, Arsenal are in serious form. With the title up for grabs, missing two attacking presences like the English duo is a big loss. Depending on just how quickly they can get fit, the West Brom game on the 21st November could see them make returns. But both should be fit for Dinamo Zagred on the 24th of next month.
It could be a lot worse for Arsenal, but you never want to go in to a derby against Spurs with speed merchants like that watching from the stands.