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Arsenal are waiting to discover the full extent of the 'bad injury' suffered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Saturday.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Suffered knee injury on the opening day of new season

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Suffered knee injury on the opening day of new season

The England international came off worst following a nasty collision with Aston Villa's Antonio Luna on the opening day of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

He left Emirates Stadium on crutches after being forced from the field and it has been suggested that he is facing up to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

If tests, which are due to take place on Monday, reveal knee ligament damage, Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out of action for several months.

His absence would come as a major blow to club and country, in what is an important year for both.

Arsenal are already without the likes of Bacary Sagna, Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta, while England have crucial 2014 World Cup qualifiers to come in September and October.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reluctant to speculate on how much of the season his 20-year-old midfielder will miss, but admits the outlook is far from bright.

The Frenchman said after a disappointing 3-1 reversal against Villa: "He is definitely out. A knee problem.

"We don't know how deep the problem is, but it's a bad injury."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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