It is coming up to that time when Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans hold our collective breaths, cross our fingers and hope that none of the Gunners come back from the international break with an injury. But in one way this upcoming two week break in club football has come at a good time for Arsenal, as it coincides with the short spell on the sidelines that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is facing.
According to a Daily Mail report, the Ox has had a scan on the hamstring strain he suffered in the FA cup game at Old Trafford and the initial prognosis is a four week lay-off, although this has yet to be confirmed by the club.
That means that the player that danced so brilliantly through the Man United defence to set up Monreal for the first goal on Monday, will miss the three games before the international break, including the return leg od the Champions League in Monaco.
But after missing the two England games, the Ox could be ready to return, perhaps in time for the visit of Liverpool on April 4th but almost certainly for the games after that including the FA cup semi at Wembley.
This is certainly a blow for Arsenal, but timing has been a little bit kind to us as Aaron Ramsey is now fit again and Jack Wilshere may also be available for the Monaco match. It could have been much worse for the Gunners to be honest and it often has been in the past. How much will we miss the Ox?