Lee Dixon reacts to Arsenal star’s latest injury blow
Lee Dixon says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has never rediscovered Arsenal form from 2014
Lee Dixon says Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has never rekindled his 2014 form after the Arsenal midfielder suffered a suspected knee injury on Tuesday night.
The England international was caught by Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano in the first half at the Emirates Stadium before the 22-year-old was forced off early in the second half.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been limited to just nine starts in the Premier League this season due to fitness and form issues.
And former Arsenal defender Dixon believes Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t been able to rediscover his impressive form before the 2014 World Cup.
“I’m amazed he got up from the tackle. His knee gets twisted but also his right ankle,” Dixon told ITV Sport.
“You don’t get a full picture of how fast these guys are running. They are running so quick and if you run into somebody at that pace, it looks a really nasty one.
“It is a shame as well because before the World Cup, Oxlade-Chamberlain was flying. He was going to be a big star in the World Cup.
“He got injured and he has never recovered that pace.”
On Thursday, Arsene Wenger confirmed that the Arsenal midfielder is set to undergo a scan on his suspected knee injury.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored one goal in 22 Premier League games for the north London side so far this season.
The Gunners suffered a 2-0 loss to La Liga holders Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night.