When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left Wembley Stadium on crutches Sunday, everyone immediately feared the worst. “Gets injured after a stretch of good form” is basically the Cliff Notes of The Ox’s career.
Fortunately, Arsene Wenger revealed in his team news today that Oxlade-Chamberlain is mostly fine and will have a test before tomorrow’s Premier League match against Leicester City. There appears to be no ligament damage, rather some discomfort from a kick the newly-minted wingback received in the FA Cup Semifinal against Manchester City.
The rest of Wenger’s team news was sparse due to the players being off entirely yesterday for rest and fitness tests falling on the same day as pre-match preparation. What we do know is that long-time absentee Lucas Perez was back in full training today according to Jeorge Bird.
Lucas Perez + Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in full training today. Maitland-Niles trained with first-team.— Jeorge Bird (@jeorgebird) April 25, 2017
Lucas would be an intriguing option in this new formation, though it would be surprising if he passed Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck in the manager’s esteem. Regardless, his return gives the Arsenal manager another, unique option off the bench.