With the concerning news of Walcott is out for several weeks, Gunners received the good news about Oxlade Chamberlain return. The 20 year old who is versatile enough to play in different positions has received a vote of confidence from his teammate Mertesacker and the manager Arsene Wenger.
Per Mertesacker, one of the main reasons to Arsenal’s strong defense this season has stated that Chamberlain’s return is extremely vital for the Gunners at this moment.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal.com he said, “We need every single player and in particular Alex. It was a real shock when he was out after Aston Villa.
“Following that game we did really well as a team, but we need him because he can always make the difference with his speed, with his passing and obviously with his finishing. He can [make] absolutely a great impact for any team in the world so we are really pleased that he’s back.
“But I think he needs some time to get through training and to have some good games, but I’m really pleased for him that he got 45 minutes against Fulham. That is a step back to absolutely full fitness.”
Arsene Wenger has spoken with great admiration about the Ox’s ability to play in different positions. However, he believes Chamberlain will eventually become a central midfielder.
He said, “At the moment he is still in formation. It is good for his education as he plays left, right and centrally when needed. After [the age of] 23 or 24 you settle in a definite position.
“He will be deeper as he has a good long ball, penetration from deep and a good quality to distribute and penetrate individually. Certainly he has the same qualities of Steven Gerrard.
“He is a bit of a Ramsey type.”
The arsenal’s manager is also of the belief that his return to action after injury will earn him a place in the world cup squad for England. Chamberlain has been absent for the Gunners ever since being injured in the opening home fixture against Aston Villa.
He will now hopefully return to action against Aston Villa on Monday. With Walcott still inured, Wenger will most probably use Ox, along with Podolski on the flanks. The added speed, will provide them an edge against their rivals in the upcoming fixture.