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Arsene Wenger has all but confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is permanently injured, with news of the winger pulling up during training ahead of his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“We lost Oxlade-Chamberlain and he will be out for six to eight weeks I think.
“Its very sad (for Oxlade Chamberlain). He was physically ready.
“There is no chance of the Euros for him. He will be back at the beginning of July.”
The former Southampton winger’s injury and inability to play any part in France this summer will not jeopardise his place in Roy Hodgson’s squad, with the Three Lions gaffer seemingly keen to maintain his ‘big club irrelevant of form or fitness’ selection policy.
When pressed upon his decision to still take the crocked Oxlade-Chamberlain, the former Fulham manager defended his choice.
“People think football players are only there to play football.
“Bringing someone along who is fitter and in at least some kind of form compared to Alex (Oxlade-Chamberlain) just isn’t an idea that I see any logic in.
“What am I meant to do? Select a player from someone outside of Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur?
“Let me guess, I’m meant to choose a player like West Ham’s Mark Noble who is consistently performing for West Ham? Or Andy Carroll? A striker who is finding some great end of season form? Ludicrous. Honestly, it’s totally ridiculous.”
In fairness to Roy, the Arsenal attacking-midfielder certainly brings more to the England squad injured, than he does fully fit.