Arsenal wait on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scan after injury against Barcelona

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is to undergo a scan to determine the severity of the injury he suffered against Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Arsenal wait on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scan after injury against Barcelona

The 22-year-old Arsenal midfielder suffered suspected knee and ankle damage in the 2-0 Champions League defeat.

There are fears the England international faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, meaning he would miss the friendly matches against Germany and Holland next month.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has so far only ruled him out of Sunday’s trip to Manchester United.

Speaking to the club website, Wenger said: “He has a scan today (Thursday), he will not be available for Sunday.”

Defender Gabriel is set to return to training today following a hamstring injury and could be involved at Old Trafford.

“He is coming back into the squad tomorrow, so we will see how he responds to that, but the signs are positive,” added Wenger. “He might be available for Sunday.”

Midfielders Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, and Tomas Rosicky remain sidelined for the United clash.

Meanwhile former Arsenal and France midfielder Robert Pires has retired from football at the age of 42.

Pires, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners between 2000 and 2006, becomes the final member of Les Bleus’ 1998 World Cup-winning squad to hang up his boots.

“I’m 42 years old so some time must stop. We must say stop and above all must give way to young,” he said on beIN Sports, quoted by L’Equipe. “My last experience was in India.”

Pires started his career in Metz before moving to Marseille and then Arsenal, with later spells at Villarreal, Aston Villa, and, most recently, FC Goa until his release last March.

He was a member of France’s Euro 2000-winning squad, and also collected Confederations Cup-winning medals in 2001 and 2003. His first senior silverware was the Coupe de la Ligue with Metz in 1996.

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