Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his return from injury against West Bromwich Albion this past weekend, with the England international subbed on for the last 15 minutes of the game. Arsene Wenger believes he may play a part in the FA Cup final next weekend as well, with the manager claiming that while he won’t start, he could feature, as reported by Four Four Two.
The 21-year-old didn’t look his sharpest against the Baggies, which is totally understandable given the length he spent on the sidelines. He was injured during our FA Cup clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, and then suffered a setback which was thought to see him miss the remainder of the season (via the Sun). We have missed his pace and direct play style badly at times, so it’s great to see him back.
He was unfortunate to be injured this time last season as well, missing our FA Cup victory over Hull City. He really deserves to play a part in the clash with Aston Villa this coming weekend, as he was hugely important for us in the early stages of the season.
Wenger is hopeful that he could play some part, but he will have to see how the versatile youngster progresses this week.
“He’s not completely there to start at the full pace of a game, but he can play,” said Wenger, as quoted by Four Four Two.
“One more week [of] preparation will help him.”
Our dominant win over West Brom will have us in confident mood ahead of the trip to Wembley, while Aston Villa make the journey south off the back of consecutive league defeats.
Their drubbing at the hands of Southampton was certainly a surprise, but it was arguably just as shocking that they weren’t able to bounce back against an already relegated Burnley side.