Arsenal have reportedly suffered yet another injury blow after midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain failed a late fitness test ahead of the game against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day at the Emirates Stadium.
The former Southampton midfielder was struggling with a groin problem following the Premier League game against Newcastle United, but was declared fit and featured in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool the following weekend, according to the Independent.
Oxlade-Chamberlain had started every game for Arsenal prior to missing the 2-1 win over QPR on Friday, and was hitting his best form in an Arsenal shirt.
This will come as a big blow for Arsene Wenger, who is already without Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Mesut Ozil, who are all currently on the treatment table.
The north London club have a heavy fixture list, with the game against QPR being followed up by clashes against West Ham United, Southampton and Hull City.
On a brighter note, Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky have recovered from their injuries and the latter made his first Premier League start of the season against the Loftus Road outfit due to the absence of Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Czech Republic international proved an able backup as he put in a lively performance and capped it off with his first goal of the season.
Meanwhile, Oxlade-Chamberlain has thanked Gunners legend Thierry Henry for his advice that helped him kick-start his Arsenal career.
The former Arsenal star came back for a second spell at the club during his time with MLS outfit New York Red Bulls and it was then that the youngsters of the north London club got a chance to train and experience first-hand the quality of Henry.
"He gave us endless amounts of advice, he gave me endless amounts of advice. He gets that instant, massive respect because of who he is but everything he has told me is good, accurate, helpful advice," Oxlade-Chamberlain said, as quoted by the Mirror.