Arsene Wenger is optimistic that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on 27 May.

  • Ox subbed off for Hector Bellerin in first half v Southampton
  • Wenger thinks it’s just fatigue, not serious
  • Reckons that Ox should be fine to face Chelsea

With the FA Cup final against Chelsea just over two weeks away, Wenger will be hoping that his strongest XI remains fit.

However, the Ox, who has been one of Arsenal’s best players recently, went down needing treatment in the first half of the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Southampton on Wednesday night.

The 23-year-old was subbed off but, according to Wenger, the tightness he felt in his hamstring seems to be the result of muscle fatigue rather than a serious problem.

“We don’t know how bad it is,” the manager said post-match.

“He came off with a tight hamstring and we know maybe in the next 48 hours how bad it is.

“I don’t know (if he’ll miss the FA Cup final). It doesn’t look like it, because he walks properly. It was tight, it was not a knife, you know. Personally, I didn’t see any incident where he had to stop for a sprint, it was more fatigue. But it’s difficult to assess now, after the game.”

Before the Ox was taken off in the first half, he had a pass completion rate of 89%, won one aerial duel, a tackle and made one key pass.