Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thrilled to be back in action for Arsenal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expresses his delight at returning to action for Arsenal this week

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to training on Wednesday Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has expressed his delight at returning to action for Arsenal after a lengthy lay-off with a knee injury.

The England international picked up the problem in the Gunners’ opening-day defeat by Aston Villa back in August but played 45 minutes to help the Arsenal Under-21s beat Fulham 1-0 in the Premier League Cup on Thursday.

It’s never easy having an injury, especially when it’s your first long-term one

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

And Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is in Arsene Wenger’s squad set to travel to Villa Park on Monday night, admits he is thrilled to be back playing.

“It was the first match I’ve played in five months so it was more about getting the minutes under my belt and getting used to being back on a football pitch,” Oxlade-Chamberlain told Arsenal Player.

“On the ball I know I can do a lot better than that but it takes a few weeks, maybe even a month, to get back to your full sharpness. Obviously I wasn’t at my full fitness here and it was quite hard, but the main thing was that I got through it and that is a positive. It is just really good to be back.

“It’s never easy having an injury, especially when it’s your first long-term one because you are not used to it and not sure how it will pan out.

“When I look back on it’s been a good learning curve, but at the same time it is somewhere you don’t want to be.

“I am just thankful that I got through it and I’ll look to push on from here.”

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