Oxlade-Chamberlain deserves another start alongside Arteta

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is arguably one of Arsene Wenger’s most in form at present, creating another assist for Tomas Rosicky’s match winning wonder striker against Tottenham, he’s excelling in central midfield.

Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge this weekend, marking manager Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the north London side, and the Gunners need a win to reduce the gap between themselves and the Premier League leaders.

The Ox has played two consecutive games in central midfield alongside veteran Mikel Arteta. Playing in the slightly more advanced box-to-box role, he threatens on the break and gives the opponents midfield and defence something to think about when he strides forward.

Chelsea are potentially one of the most solid units in England at present and it will take something special to break them. Without Theo, Oxlade-Chamberlain holds the pace and the ability to burst past players even when he’s not playing on the flanks.

Of course Wenger could opt to utilize Flamini and Arteta as he did against Everton, however the Frenchman has learnt from his mistakes and played the more defensively-minded duo for home games where they like to keep possession whereas on the road they tend to look to score more on the counter. Hence why the Ox has been so effective in their last few away fixtures.

This weekend’s massive match is screaming for The Ox, will Wenger unleash him against his old foe Mourinho?

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