Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not far from returning to action. He is expected to be back in contention around mid November, and it will prove to be a tricky period to regain a starting spot.
The England international started Arsenal’s first match of the season operating on the wing, a position soon to be stacked with options not to mention the central players who are already creating an overflow of talent. It certainly is not a bad position for Arsene Wenger with a multitude of combinations he can play in midfield, but how will it affect the Ox’s involvement this season?
With one eye on the Brazil World Cup, Oxlade-Chamberlain will be hoping to play as much as possible and continue his development, but it appears he may well be restricted to substitute appearances again similarly to the tail end of last season. Hopefully for the youngster there will still be plenty of opportunities for the Ox to showcase his abilities as the Gunners fixture list congests, and once injuries become a factor again.
If Ozil hadn’t arrived in the summer you would have expected to see the Ox playing in behind the striker more often this season, especially with Tomas Rosicky injury prone and Cazorla operating well from the left. But it appears the Englishman will continue to operate out wide as more of an impact substitute therefore being restricted to Cup games for starts. Walcott, Podolski and Cazorla are essentially ahead of him in the pecking order on the wings, especially as he begins to regain his fitness and form, but if he works hard and the opportunity presents itself then maybe we can see more of him in the latter stages of the season.
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