Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is delighted to be back playing for the Arsenal first team after five months out, and is looking forward to returning to the Emirates against Fulham this weekend.
The England international marked his comeback on Monday night from the knee injury he sustained against Aston Villa during the opening day fixture at Emirates, featuring against the same opponents in the Gunners crucial 2-1 victory at Villa Park.
Oxlade-Chamberlain feels the upcoming visit from their fellow Londoners will provide a ‘nice’ match on home turf, and the 20-year-old is determined to do all he can to help Arsenal’s title surge this season.
He told Arsenal.com:
It’s a nice game for us at home. Fulham are another team that have a lot of skilful players but we’ve been doing well at home so it’s always a nice game at the Emirates.
But we need to have the right preparation, the right commitment and hopefully we can get the win.
I’m just happy to be back and now I’ve just got to work on my fitness in training and make the most of it when I get my chance in the team. That’s the thing I’m concentrating on at the moment, helping Arsenal do as well as they can.
Gooners alike were pleased to see the return of The Ox after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and the timing couldn’t be better with Theo Walcott ruled out for the season.
Serge Gnabry was given the nod on the right wing against Villa, and the young German will provide some excellent competition for Oxlade-Chamberlain for the remainder of the campaign. The Ox will be lacking some sharpness however it will not take long to return to his best.
Oxlade-Chamberlain could well be in line to earn his second start of the season against Fulham this Saturday.