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Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss three key games

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Arsenal’s Theo Walcott reacts to a missed chance during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at Emirates stadium in London Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has issued an injury update on Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and it is not good news for Gunners fans.

The duo were both injured in the opening 20 minutes of Arsenal’s shock 3-0 League Cup defeat at second-tier Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday and Wenger will now be without them for at least three crucial games.

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Speaking to the media ahead of Arsenal’s game at Swansea City on Saturday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on USA and online via Live Extra) here’s what Wenger had to say about the Walcott’s calf injury and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hamstring issue.

“Nothing has changed since after the game. They are out but the scans are today - it’s 48 hours afterwards,” Wenger said. “We hope they are light injuries, but they are out until after the international break.”

Oh dear, that’s not good at all.

Following a great start to the season for Walcott playing as a central striker, his absence will be tougher for Arsenal to deal with. Walcott, 26, has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for club and country and his pace through the middle has allowed both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to punish opposition defenses with the trio working in tandem wonderfully well for the Gunners. As for Oxlade Chamberlain, 22, his absence, like Walcott’s, is the latest in a long line of injuries as he just can’t seem to catch a break or get a run of games in Arsenal’s first team.

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With Wenger confirming the duo are out through the international break, and perhaps longer if the results of the scans are less positive, Walcott and the Ox will miss three big games as the Gunners travel to Swansea this weekend, then head to Bayern Munich in UEFA Champions League action next Wednesday, plus they will miss the huge North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur on Nov. 7.

All in all, a big blow for the Gunners as they sit second in the Premier League standings. With injuries racking up in attacking areas, can Olivier Giroud score the goals Arsenal need to keep their momentum going in the PL and Europe? Wenger will certainly hope so, as Walcott in particular will be sorely missed as he looked to be finding his best form once again after missing an entire year from January 2014-2015 with a serious knee injury.

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