Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Euro 2016 after suffering a knee injury in training.
The 22-year-old midfielder has picked up a knee problem that will keep him out for six to eight weeks – making him unavailable for England coach Roy Hodgson for this summer’s showpiece.
“We lost Oxlade-Chamberlain and he will be out for six to eight weeks I think.
“There is no chance of the Euros for him. He will be back at the beginning of July,” said Wenger at his press conference.
Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t played since damaging knee and ankle ligaments in the Champions League second-round loss to Barcelona in February.
But he had returned to training only to by struck down by another sertback.
The England man joined the Gunners from a Southampton as a 17-year-old in August 2011 for a fee believed to be around £15million, including add-ons.
He had made 44 first-team appearances for the Saints, despite his age and he has gone on to make 149 appearances for the Gunners.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s current contract runs until the summer of 2018, but his future at The Emirates is also uncertain after making just nine Premier League starts after an injury-plagued season.
Central defender Per Mertesacker’s season is also over after the Germany international limped out of the win over Norwich last weekend.
Santi Cazorla could return against Manchester City though after playing for the Under-21s on Thursday night.
Wenger says the midfielder “came through it well”.