Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson believes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to full training is a big boost for the Gunners, especially in the wake of losing Theo Walcott for the season.
The Ox has spent five months on the sidelines after sustaining a nasty knee injury in the Gunners opening day loss to Aston Villa, but is now in line for a return to the first team fold against… (who else but..) Villa on Monday night.
Wenger revealed in his latest team news that Chambo is available, while he will get his first taste of competitive action tonight (Thursday pm) for Arsenal’s U21 side against Fulham ahead of a return to the first team fold.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s team mate and close friend Jenkinson is greatly anticipating the 20-year-old’s return to the squad, he told Arsenal.com:
It has been tough for him. Chambo is a very positive guy in general, he’s great to be around and that’s why we get on so well and why we’re such good friends.
But I could notice when he was out that it was tough for him at times. With the first little spell, maybe you can get through it, but it’s a long injury that he had and when you’ve been out for three or four months it can be tough mentally.
But Chambo has got good people around him who have helped him through it and it’s great to have him back.
He’s a really good friend of mine but football-wise, he’s a fantastic player who brings an awful lot to the team. To have him back in and around the group is a boost for everyone – he’s only young but he’s a key member of the squad.
The Ox has started against Fulham and will be hoping to enjoy a fruitful return to action ahead of a call-up to the first team squad for their trip to Aston Villa.
Hope all goes well for the midfielder tonight.