Arsene Wenger has delivered a double injury boost ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Stoke on Saturday.
- Stoke v Arsenal kicks off at 5:30pm on 13 May
- Koscielny has small chance of playing
- Oxlade-Chamberlain’s hamstring problem only minor
When Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was subbed off in the first half against Southampton on Wednesday, many feared the worst.
The 23-year-old has struggled with injuries since joining Arsenal from the Saints in 2011. However, during the second half of this season, the England international has started to come into his own and has been the Gunners’ star player on several occasions.
For the Ox to suffer an injury this close to the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 27 May would be heart-breaking.
Fortunately, according to Wenger, it doesn’t seem to be serious.
“It’s a minor hamstring problem,” Wenger said.
“It was tight, but it was more fatigue.”
Laurent Koscielny, who missed out on the Southampton clash after picking up a calf problem against Manchester United last Sunday, also has a slight chance of featuring against Stoke.
“He’s got a small chance,” Wenger said.
“He was not far. He practised on Tuesday but it was risky to play him at Southampton.”