It may have been many years in coming, but the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seems to be finally living up to the great expectations that we all had of him when he burst on to the scene as a teenager from the Southampton academy before being snapped up for the Gunners by Arsene Wenger.
A steady run in the starting line-up as well as his new role as a wing back in the manager’s new three at the back formation has done wonders for the Ox in terms of his form and confidence, culminating in that great display which helped Arsenal to beat Man City in the semi-final to book a place in the FA cup final at Wembley next month.
That deservedly earned Chamberlain the Man of the Match award but it also saw him replaced before the end and leaving the stadium in crutches. Fortunately his injury does not appear to be too serious but he is a doubt for tonight’s huge Premier League clash with Leicester City and I feel that his availability (or lack of it) could be the crucial factor in deciding whether Arsenal get the three points we need to keep up the fight for a top four finish.
If he is fit to play, even if Wenger returns to the more usual system with four at the back, the Ox will add a great deal of dynamic, direct and energetic attacking play but even more important is the committed attitude he has shown of late. With him on one flank and Alexis Sanchez on the other I do not think the Foxes will be able to cope, do you?