Arsenal’s disastrous start to the season has gone from bad to worse with the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set for a lengthy period on the sidelines.
The injury brings into sharp focus the stinging criticism Wenger is suffering following his reluctance to spend any of his £100million transfer kitty on new recruits so far this summer.
The transfer window closes in 14 days and Wenger is under mounting pressure to bolster his squad dramatically. The latest speculation has linked Arsenal with a £25million move for Michu from Swansea.
Some reports suggest Gunners winger could be out for between three to six months after he was injured in the shocking 3-1 opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.
The England international seemingly came off worst following a collision with Villa’s Antonio Luna during the second half of the game.
Oxlade-Chamberlain left the Emirates on crutches and will today undergo scans to establish the extent of what is believed to be knee ligament damage.
Wenger has been reluctant to speculate on how much of the season his midfielder, 20, will miss, but he said after the Villa game: “He is definitely out. A knee problem. We don’t know how deep the problem is, but it’s a bad injury.”
The injury leaves Wenger with serious team selection issues ahead of the crucial Champions League qualifying game against Fenerbahce
Arsenal are already without Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta, while the situation regarding Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky – all of whom took knocks – is unclear.
Arsenal weren’t alone in getting off to a bad start. Fenerbahce crashed to a 3-2 defeat at Konyaspor after being 2-0 ahead in their opening Super Lig game.