Date: 18th November 2013 at 1:00pm
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Arsenal have suffered a massive injury blow as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of contention until 2014, according to the Mirror.

The 20-year-old winger was meant to resume training in November but has been told that he won’t be able to start before 15 December which means we are only likely to see him back on the field next year.

Chamberlain insists that he will be up for the challenge ahead.

“Things can change quickly in football. When you’re at a great club like Arsenal, which has the strength in depth it has, you know you’ve got to raise your levels to stand a chance of playing. If you look at us now, if everyone was fit we’d have an unbelievably strong squad and it will be a huge challenge to get back in the team. But I’m confident in my ability so, when I get the chance, I will have to take it,” he said.

With the hectic Christmas period coming up, we are going to need as many players fit as we can. Losing Oxlade-Chamberlain is a big blow as he offers us something different in attack compared to what we currently have. With Theo Walcott also out injured, we have very little pace in our squad now. We have been doing well with the creativity of Ozil and Cazorla but there are just some games you need brute pace in the squad and we are missing that.