Let nobody accuse me of burying the lede:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Wenger on Oxlade-Chamberlain: "He will be out for at least six weeks. We don't think he will need surgery." <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23afc&src=hash">#afc</a></p>— James Olley (@JamesOlley) <a href="https://twitter.com/JamesOlley/statuses/369865597971996672">August 20, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury is seemingly not season-ending or next-calendar-year bad, as we'd all feared it might be. Six weeks is a lot, but considering that "next season" was bandied about as a return date, I'll take it.
Six weeks without Ox, six weeks without Arteta. My beer-as-coping-mechanism budget just went through the damn roof. So, Arsenal still look for players, Arsenal still have games to play, and the only change here is that the prognosis is better than it was. Given the spate of bad news and general ugliness around Arsenal these days, I'll take any green shoot that cares to poke its head up through the dirt at this point.