Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given hopes to England and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with regards to his participation in the European Championships in France in June this year after he suffered a knee injury during the Gunners' 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last 16. The midfielder is expected to be ruled out for a few weeks with the manager unsure of the actual extent of the injury.
The French manager is relatively confident he will be available for selection ahead of this summer's tournament in France as it is a new injury and not a recurrence of an old one. He suffered the knock midway through the first-half following a hard but fair tackle by Javier Mascherano. According to the London Evening Standard, he is facing a two-month spell on the sidelines, which will see him return only in the latter stages of the Premier League campaign.
"I don't think [he will miss Euro 2016]. It's not [a recurrence of a previous injury]. Not at all. It's a new injury. He has been cut in two by Mascherano and he did his knee. We have to see how big the damage is in his knee," Wenger said, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
Arsenal's injury crisis is slowly easing with Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky the only players currently sidelined, and the former two are expected to return in a matter of weeks following their return to the training pitch after recovering from foot and knee injuries respectively.
The latest injury will come as a big blow to Oxlade-Chamberlain, as the former Southampton man was getting a good run in the team and was competing for a place in the starting XI with Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell, as the Gunners vie for their first Premier League title in over a decade.