Arsenal have received a major boost on the injury front after midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted that he will be "back on the pitch soon". The England international suffered a hamstring injury during the Gunners' 3-1 loss at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on 28 October.
"The rehab is going well, 80-90% sprints today...looking forward to being back on the pitch soon," Oxlade-Chamberlain wrote on his official Instagram page.
The 22-year-old attacker is expected to return to the squad following the ongoing international break, which will come as a big boost to Arsene Wenger, who is facing a major injury crisis at the club. Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott are all sidelined with injury. The former trio are not expected back until the new year, while the latter are expected back by December.
According to the Daily Mail, Bellerin and Ramsey are also expected to return to the first-team following the international break, but Walcott is expected to be out for longer due to the muscular injury he picked up during the loss to Sheffield Wednesday. The French manager will be hoping to have the trio back as Arsenal face a crucial run of fixtures in the Premier League and Champions League in the coming weeks.
The north London club are on a strong run in the Premier League and are currently level on points with pacesetters Manchester City and are only second owing to their inferior goal difference compared to the Etihad Stadium outfit. The Gunners, however, are not faring too well in the cup competitions. The Owls have already knocked them out of the League Cup, and their hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase of the Champions League are hanging by a thread following three losses in their opening four games.