When Arsenal lost the services of Theo Walcott for the season, it was a big blow to their silverware hopes.
The England international was Arsenal’s top scorer last season, and losing a 20-goal winger is a massive setback for any side, let along Arsenal who have lacked raw pace. Serge Gnabry has looked like an exciting prospect, however the youngster is still quite a raw talent and leaves a lot to be desired in the finishing department.
The returning Oxlade-Chamberlain however has proven he has the ability to not only replace Walcott’s energy but also his goals. With Arsenal paying an unfavourable 4.75 (15/4) via http://www.888sport.com to beat Bayern Munich this week, the Gunners need as much firepower as they can muster against the current Champions League holders.
Another fine finish against Liverpool has boosted his tally to three in the last three home games after a tidy brace against Crystal Palace. He also claimed a vital assist for Podolski’s goal, cutting back to perfection after a sumptuous Ozil through ball.
Speaking of the German star, having someone like the Ox in the side allows the attacking midfielder to utilize his inch perfect through balls as someone with pace can finally get on the end of it. This could be an exciting partnership in the making.
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Walcott struggled for much of this season with injuries and when he was finally gaining momentum injury cruelly struck again ruling him out for the season and this summers World Cup. So it’s not only for Arsenal that Oxlade-Chamberlain is important, but for his country too as they look for some stability and genuine world class attacking talent on the wings and in midfield.
The Ox is steadily becoming a more consistent player, however it easy to forget he is just 20-years-old. But if he continues his hot streak in front of goal, maintains fitness and builds upon his recent impressive performances, he can fill the Walcott-shaped void.
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