Injured Arsenal pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson appear to be on the mend, with the pair pictured training in the gym ahead of what is hopefully an imminent return to action.
Both players are currently out with knee injuries; the Ox picking up his following a collision with Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano and Jenkinson sent home early from his loan spell with West Ham following an injury of his own.
It’s unclear when the duo will be back, but this is unquestionably a good sign. There were concerns that both players would be out until the end of the season, but that schedule may well have been shifted forward.
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The Ox and Jenko are great friends, and before the right-back’s loan spells with West Ham they were practically inseparable. Hopefully their bond will help them speed up their recovery, and we’ll see the wisecracking pair back before long.
Both players’ Arsenal careers are actually a little up in the air at the moment, and their injuries have come at a terrible time. With Mathieu Debuchy leaving the club, this is Jenkinson’s chance to step up and show he’s capable of challenging Hector Bellerin for a starting spot. Most Arsenal fans would argue that he’s certainly not, but at least he could prove a solid back up.
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The Ox meanwhile, is really struggling to realise his massive potential. His inconsistency is really worrying, and he’s badly struggled to nail down a starting spot this season. Joel Campbell has been starting ahead of him more often than not, and when the Costa Rican doesn’t start we’ve seen Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, and even Aaron Ramsey start ahead of Chamberlain.
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Both are still young, so hopefully they can return from injury better than ever, and battle for a starting spot at Arsenal.