Arsenal suffered a double injury blow during their 3-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night (27 October) when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott limped off within the first 20 minutes of the game. The former started the encounter and was replaced by the latter after suffering a hamstring injury just five minutes into the clash at Hillsborough. After 19 minutes, the latter suffered a calf injury and was replaced by Ismael Bennacer.
The Gunners were poor all across the pitch and had just two shots on target during the entire duration of the match. The injury will come as a big blow to Arsene Wenger, who is already without six first-team players. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain join Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey and David Ospina, who are sidelined with various injuries and are not expected back in the near future.
The north London club face a crucial run of games in the next week, with the first coming on Saturday (31 October) against Swansea City, followed by a trip to Germany to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League and the following Sunday (8 November) the Gunners welcome arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates. The French manager admitted that the loss of two offensive players will have a major impact in the coming games. The extent of the injuries, however, is yet to be examined, with Wenger revealing that it will be 48 hours before scans can be taken, effectively ruling them out for the weekend clash against the south Wales club.
"Walcott is a calf and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a hamstring," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
"The injuries are two muscular injuries and the injury damage I do not know. You have to wait 48 hours for the scans to see how big the damage is. It was a bad night at the office, we lost two players and after that we were not good enough."
"I'm concerned because our next game is a big game on Saturday, we have the Champions League against Bayern Munich coming up. Already we are now short. To lose two players tonight, two offensive players, is damaging for us," the Frenchman explained.