Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the European Championships this summer having suffered another knee injury.
The midfielder picked up the problem in training on Monday morning, and his slim chances of being part of Roy Hodgson’s squad have disappeared as he looks set to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Man City game this Sunday, the Arsenal manager ruled out the 22 year old’s chances of going to France with England.
“There is no chance of the Euros for him,” said Wenger. “They told me yesterday that he’ll be back beginning of July.”
Asked if there might be an upside with the Ox rested for the new season, Wenger wasn’t prepared to look for the silver lining.
“It’s bad news. Alex was out for a while and, anyway, he was not overloaded with game. You want a guy of 22 to go to the Euros, so it’s very sad.
“He’s an impact player as well so he could have helped England achieve success.”
The Frenchman also confirmed the hamstring injury that will rule out Per Mertesacker for the rest of the season.
Other than that Arsenal have a full squad to choose from before the trip to Eastlands on Sunday.