Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not endured the most blissful second season with the Gunners. Despite starting the season strongly in favour of Theo Walcott, his compatriot and friend has since stolen the lime light.
But of late the old Ox is back, running at defenders, causing havoc and thrilling fans. His goal scoring performance for England against San Marino has certainly injected the young man with bundles of confidence, and despite failing to take the pitch in the next Three Lions fixture versus Montenegro, he looked a real live wire against Reading on the weekend, claiming an assist for Arteta’s converted penalty.
The Gunners have an important run of fixtures on the horizon, with just eight matches left they must overtake either Chelsea and/or rivals Spurs to claim Champions League qualification for next season. With The Ox back in flying form we can expect to see much more of him over the next two months. He can be the ingredient Wenger needs to overcome the odds and the critics to secure a top four finish.
The English international has been predominantly used off the bench as an impact player however with Walcott still injured, Oxlade-Chamberlain has the potential to rip teams apart from start to finish in his absence. Goals and assists will flow, he can set the Premier League alight for the season run-in!