3 -2 over Brighton on Sunday made it four wins in a row! It is the first time that has happened this season and maybe we can say things look to be on the upside for the Gunners now and with most of the injured players now returning fully to the team, midfielder Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain is upbeat about the Gunners chances of now maintaining a concerted assault on all three competitions in which they still are in with Ramsey, Ozil and Walcott back in the team.
Ozil marked his first Arsenal start since October with a goal against Brighton, as did Walcott who was making only a second start for the Gunners since that infamous injury kept him out of the squad for the best part of 2014. With the dynamic trio now in the mix, including Arsenal Player of the Year Aaron Ramsey who missed most of the festive fixtures, the young Ox believes the Gunners can now normalize what has been a roller-coaster ride until now.
Speaking on Arsenal.com, the 21-year old said:
“For a strange majority of the season, we have been without Mesut, and Aaron for a spell and Theo as well. To have those kinds of players back is only good for us and I’m sure they’ll come back and play a massive role in the rest of our season”
“It has been a strange up-and-down season. There have definitely been better starts but as you look at it at the moment, we are still there or thereabouts and there is still a lot of football to be played”.
Having been involved in 32 Arsenal games this season, more than any other player in the squad, a lot of football is what Oxlade-Chamberlain has played this season already, and the return of especially Walcott could see him involved in less of the action. His energy has been crucial in helping the attack stretch opponents while brief stints as a central midfielder have seen him take the first steps into a future role in that area of the game in which he has been tipped to embellish the past of Steven Gerrard at International level.
Maybe he has not quite weighed in with as much goals as most of his performances have merited but surely in Aaron, Mesut and Theo, the Arsenal team can be assured of a more buoyed stream of returns. Theo was top scorer the season before last, while Ramsey looked on course to lead Arsenal to a League title last year before injuries limited his total tally for the season to 16, his highest ever return.
As for Ozil, his situation in the team has been the subject of debate amongst fans due to the dazzles of Santi Cazorla but the mercurial World Cup winner did not do his chances of starting against Aston Villa next week much harm with a well taken goal and a good overall game.
It’s up to Mr. Wenger to pick the system that will see the talents in his team gel and generate the needed results to deliver the returns expected of their potentials. The Champions League and FA Cup are still within reach, while a top four finish will take some fight but should be achieved.
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